The Other Side

THE OTHER SIDE: What You Need to Know About Inter Miami CF


Get to know who the Red Bulls will be playing in their upcoming matchup with The Other Side:

How They’re Doing

Inter Miami currently sit at the bottom of the MLS league table. If you’ve watched them play over the past month, though, you might not believe me.

Since their last MLS match, a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of St. Louis City SC on July 15, Inter Miami has had a month to remember.

They added the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, won the inaugural Leagues Cup tournament and advanced to the final of the U.S. Open Cup.

Now, though, reality starts to set in about the hole they have dug themselves in league play. They currently sit at the bottom of the league with 18 points after 22 matches and are currently 14 points away from the playoff line.

In those 22 matches, Miami has scored 22 goals. After their roster revolution, though, they scored 22 goals in only seven Leagues Cup matches.

It will be a tough hill to climb for Messi and Inter Miami, but over the past month, they’ve proven that anything is possible.

Head-to-Head History

It has been a short history between New York and Miami, with the two clubs only facing each other six previous times.

The Red Bulls own a 5-2-0 record against Inter Miami CF, with New York scoring eleven goals and only allowing three in those five matches.

Back in May, New York earned their first road win of the season at DRV PNK Stadium against a Messi-less Miami squad. A Tom Barlow goal and a Carlos Coronel clean sheet propelled the Red Bulls to a 1-0 victory.

In Miami’s last trip to Red Bull Arena, New York stormed back for a 3-1 win, with Daniel Edelman scoring the eventual game-winning goal.

Player to Watch: Forward Lionel Messi

Pretends to be shocked

Who else could it be, right? Since arriving at Inter Miami, the Argentinian has been pretty much impossible to stop. In eight appearances with Miami since his debut, Messi has tallied a goal or an assist in every match. In total, he has ten goals and six assists.

The real question, though, is how much of him will we see on Saturday?

After playing almost every minute in Miami’s seven-match run to a Leagues Cup championship, then turning around four days later and playing 120 minutes in a U.S. Open Cup semifinal victory, how much will he play against the Red Bulls?