Live Match Thread
FT - Ugh.
90’ + 2’ - This. Season, Is. Over.
86’ - MIAMI SUBSTITUTION:
80’ - TORONTO FC SUBSTITUTION:
77’ - MIAMI DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION:
69’ - TORONTO SUBSTITUTION:
66’ - MIAMI DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION:
65’ - YELLOW CARD - TORONTO FC - MB4 gets beat for pace and gets booked. he’s one away from a suspension now, which means he’s going to be suspended soon.
62’ - OWN GOAL! TOR 1 - 3 INTER MIAMI CF. LMAO!
55’ - Post-Game Twitter Spaces is going to be fun.
It is official. This is the worst TFC team in club history...I'll explain my rationale in the post-game show. #TFCLive— Mike Newell (@FootballSaves) August 22, 2021
51’ - TORONTO SUBSTITUTION - Luke Singh is mercifully subbed off for Justin Morrow.
48’ - GOAL! TOR 0 - 3 INTER MIAMI CF - Pizarro chips the keeper, Luke Singh gets absolutely torched. TFC has shipped 44 in 20 matches.
Not for nothing, but Rodolfo Pizarro became the 8th player to bang one past @TorontoFC in both @MLS and @TheChampions. @herculezg is the only ex-Red on the list #TFCLive @WakingtheRed @vocalminorityCA @24thminute @joshuakloke @JohnMolinaro pic.twitter.com/ic6edTu4ai— Martyn Bailey (@martyn_bailey) August 22, 2021
46’ - TORONTO DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION:
HT THOTS FROM MB1:
In 21 matches this season, @TorontoFC have conceded 16 times in the opening 21 minutes. That's... not good. #TFCLive @WakingtheRed @vocalminorityCA @24thminute @joshuakloke @JohnMolinaro pic.twitter.com/47CWUcNJqx— Martyn Bailey (@martyn_bailey) August 22, 2021
HT - Getting rolled over by Miami Beckham FC
44’ - SAVE! Q denies Pizarro on a breakaway. TFC’s defense is a tire fire.
40’ - Soteldo is a turnover machine.
39’ - Yikes!
38’ - Omar is hurt out there? because OMG. Higuain almost put them up 3-0
35’ - GOAL! TOR 0 - 2 INTER MIAMI CF - Robbie Robinson and a counter attack. Soteldo gives it away and then OG gets undressed.
34’ - CHANCE! Achara played onside but can’t get a foot on a low cross.
28’ - CHANCE! OG CB misses a free header off a long ball from a free kick.
23’ - CHANCE! Soft call on Poz and TFC have a Free Kick in dangerous territory. Soteldo takes it and it’s just off the post. Second phase has potential but no joy.
One draws the FK. The other takes it.— Waking the Red (@WakingtheRed) August 22, 2021
SO CLOSE from the dynamic duo pic.twitter.com/ch6cTVCV9Y
15’ - GOAL! TOR 0 - 1 INTER MIAMI CF - and Pizzaro doesn’t miss twice. Singh gives away a shot, and there it is.
15 minutes in, and #TFCLive down 1-0. 17 games in a row without a clean sheet.— John Molinaro (@JohnMolinaro) August 22, 2021
14’ - HUGE SAVE! Q robs Pizzaro.
9’ - Tajon scores for NER, and here in Ft. Lauderdale, we are getting torn apart.
1’ - So it begins:
7:43PM EST - It’s all tied up at 30’ in the CanChamp match between valour FC and Atletico Ottawa over on @onescoccer.
Inter Miami CF:
Preview via Anthony Khoury
For the second stop of their four-game road trip, Toronto FC heads to the Sunshine State to take on Inter Miami, who sit four points clear of the Reds in the Eastern Conference.
With just two wins from their last nine games, TFC sit bottom of the East and currently have the worst points tally of all 27 MLS sides. A late playoff push is still in the minds of the players, but the results will have to come sooner rather than later.
August has arguably been Miami’s best month so far this season as Phil Neville’s men have picked up seven points from their last four. A dramatic 93rd minute winner from Rodolfo Pizarro sealed a 3-2 win against the Philadelphia Union in the Herons’ last outing.
Saturday’s kickoff is set for 8:00 pm EST at the DRV PNK Stadium, with the game available to watch live on TSN.
A disappointing 1-0 defeat to Atlanta United in midweek was the latest low in what has been a rollercoaster of a season for TFC. The Reds are now 12 points behind the top seven and with 14 regular season games left to play in 2021, Javier Perez’s men essentially have 14 cup-finals before the postseason begins on November 19th.
Toronto has also played two games more than FC Cincinnati and Miami, who are the two teams above the Reds in the Eastern Conference standings. Moreover, TFC cannot afford to drop more points against their closest rivals ahead of the campaign’s business end.
In addition to their poor league form, Toronto has also been rocked by a growing injury list. Ralph Priso and Jozy Altidore have joined Ayo Akinola on the sidelines as long-term absentees. Priso has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign, while Altidore’s expected recovery time following a foot surgery is six weeks.
Tsubasa Endoh will also not be available on Saturday, while Dom Dwyer is questionable. With regards to Chris Mavinga, who has been dealing with a family matter over the last week, Perez confirmed the DRC international will not be available for selection.
Miami will be without Ryan Shawcross, Ventura Alvarado, Ian Fray and Joevin Jones through injury.
Having only scored three goals in their last four games, TFC is averaging just over a goal a game so far this season. Jonathan Osorio leads Toronto on the scoring front in MLS (4) and in all competitions (5), with Akinola sitting behind him in second on three league goals.
As for Saturday’s hosts, Gonzalo Higuaín has scored almost 50% of Miami’s MLS goals so far this year. The Argentine has bagged eight strikes and provided four assists in 17 league appearances.
This weekend’s matchup will be just the second meeting in history between the two sides and the first meeting at either team’s home ground. Toronto faced Miami last season at the Pratt & Whitney Stadium in Connecticut, with a late penalty from Alejandro Pozuelo sealing a 2-1 win for the Reds.
There is still lots of ground to be made up if TFC are to move off the bottom of the table and into the top seven, and with an opportunity to close the gap on one of the sides closest to them, three points should be the only thing on the minds of the Reds.
Ultimately, both teams have a major point to prove on Saturday, so will TFC begin their resurgence in form? Or will Miami record their third win in five to further bolster their playoff hopes?
Inter Miami: Marsman; Pirez, Figal, Makoun; Morgan, Gregore, Matuidi, Gibbs; Vassilev, Higuaín, Robinson
Toronto FC: Bono; Laryea, Gonzalez, Zavaleta, Lawrence; Bradley, Delgado; Osorio, Pozuelo, Soteldo; Achara