Live Game Thread
FT: The referee blows the final whistle after Bernardeschi was brought down in the box, frustrating night for TFC.
81’ - Insigne makes a run through the midfield and takes a shot, Callender saves.
72’ - Captain Michael Bradley unleashes a shot from outside the box but Callender gets behind it to make a save.
71’ - Goal-scorer (quite luckily) Jean Mota is replaced by Bryce Duke.
67’ - A questionable call made by the referee as Laryea dribbles past his defender and is brought down in the box, but the ref blows the whistle in favour of Miami...
62’ - Two substitutions for TFC: Achara on for Ayo Akinola, Deandre Kerr on for Jayden Nelson.
59’ - The free kick is taken by Bernardeschi and is blocked by the Miami wall.
58’ - Yet another trademark Laryea run through the middle of the pitch ends up in Jonathan Osorio winning a free kick.
46’ - As the second half begins, Bernardeschi sent a pass back to Insigne at the top of the box. Insigne’s shot goes over the crossbar.
HT - Inter Miami CF 2-1 Toronto FC.
44’ - GOAL INTER MIAMI. A free kick by the hosts goes to the back post, it finds Damion Lowe as his header goes across the face of goal. Ariel Lassiter finishes the play off.
38’ - Free kick won by Laryea, taken by Bernardeschi as his powerful shot from outside the box goes over the crossbar.
Lore saw Mimmo last match and said let me try ♂️ pic.twitter.com/xguxGdtPsp— Toronto FC (@TorontoFC) August 21, 2022
28’ - GOAL TORONTO FC. CHE GOAL DI LORENZO INSIGNE. THE WINGER HITS THE BALL PERFECTLY AS IT CAME DOWN AFTER A DEFLECTED SHOT FROM BERNARDESCHI. WE’RE LEVEL.
24' - What a strike by Jean Mota pic.twitter.com/vrCS1id22m— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) August 21, 2022
24’ - GOAL INTER MIAMI. The hosts open the scoring with a goal from Jean Mota. Big mistake by ‘keeper Alex Bono as he failed to catch the ball.
22’ - A free kick from Lorenzo Insigne is blocked by Miami’s wall.
16’ - Free kick for Higuain on the end line, his effort sails over the bar.
12’ - Nice play by the Reds again from Laryea, makes the run down the line and cuts it back for Bernardeschi. The Italian winger’s curling shot goes over the bar.
9’ - Audacious effort by Federico Bernardeschi! He tries curling in the ball from a corner but Miami ‘keeper Drake Callender parries it away for another corner.
8’ - Good work on the right flank from TFC as Richie Laryea wins a corner.
1’ - And we’re underway from the Sunshine State!
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7:25 pm EST - Ayo Akinola gets a second consecutive start as he leads the line for Toronto.
7:05 pm EST - This is a crucial match for the Reds, as a victory would bring them level to 33 points with Miami.
7:00 pm EST - Toronto FC goes up against Miami in Fort Lauderdale for the first time since last year, when they were defeated 3-0 on October 20th. Goal-scorers for Miami that night were Federico Higuain, Christian Makoun (who TFC just saw as he is now with New England), and an own goal by Eriq Zavaleta.
Head Coach Bob Bradley rolls with the same XI after their 2-2 draw against the New England Revolution on Wednesday. Two changes are made in the list of substitutes: Kadin Chung and Jordan Perruzza are on the bench, as Shane O’Neill and Jesus Jiménez are out of the matchday roster.
Former Toronto FC midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo starts for the hosts, as does former Real Madrid and Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain.
Match Preview via Adam Palermo
Toronto FC will take on Inter Miami in a crucial Eastern Conference matchup on Saturday night.
After dropping points at home against a team ahead of them in the standings, Toronto’s squad must recognize the importance of a fixture against another group fighting for the playoffs.
Domenico Criscito’s second half stunner against the Revolution on Wednesday night gave the Reds a decent, but not ideal result. With just eight matches left to play and ground to make up, turning draws into wins will be of the upmost importance as the regular season comes to a close.
Toronto were the better side at home in that last 2-2 draw but could not convert on their chances. Dominating the shot totals 19 to 6, the Reds were unable to capitalize on their opportunities. Ayo Akinola was given the chance to play from the start in place of Jesus Jimenez, but could not find the back of the net.
Bob Bradley should expect more from whoever is playing in-between Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi. The two Italian wingers (especially Bernardeschi), fed quality ball after quality ball into the penalty area against New England, to no real effect.
Currently riding a four-game unbeaten run, attention now turns to another team that hasn’t lost in four, Inter Miami CF. TFC will confront Phil Neville’s Inter Miami for the first time this season, as both sides seek to prolong their strong run of form in the league.
Toronto FC will have their work cut out for them against a group they don’t have much luck against. TFC has beaten Inter Miami once in four attempts, grabbing the only victory in their first-ever match against the club in November 2020.
The boys in red will go up against a familiar face in Florida. 2020 MLS MVP Alejandro Pozuelo will be out for revenge on Saturday night as he plays against his former side for the first time following his trade to Miami in July.
The Spanish playmaker seems to have embraced his new surroundings and is looking bright in the Sunshine State. The TFC centurion has two goals and three assists during his new club’s four match unbeaten run. Pozuelo is also the most recent MLS Player of the Week following his brace and assist during the comeback win against New York City FC in Miami’s last match.
Pozuelo’s arrival has seemingly allowed Gonzalo Higuain to find his best self. The Argentine has scored five goals in six appearances since Pozuelo’s Inter Miami debut, including a hat-trick in a 4-4 draw with FC Cincinnati.
Opponent: Inter Miami
Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
Stadium: DRV PNK Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.