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FT: NYCFC 3, Inter Miami 2

City survive tough second half to collect second straight win

New York City FC v Inter Miami CF Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

FT: NYCFC survive a scrappy second half to secure a clutch 3-2 win.

While the first half featured a ton of offense, the second half featured City playing some stout defense in which they were able to stifle any contributions from Gonzalo Higuain and another banger from Lewis Morgan.

Just like last week, Alexandru Mitrita provided NYCFC with a majority of the offense, netting two goals for the second consecutive game. Tinnerholm also contributed with a banger from distance.

90’+3: Mackay-Steven goes into the book for a collision with Robles. Ouch.

90’+1: Chanot goes into the book.

86’: Annnnd Miami grabs their equalizer by way of an assist from Higuain to Carranza. But it looks like Carranza is offside.

But the referee consults with the VAR, and it’s no goal as the rain pours down.

83’: Tony Rocha comes on for Keaton Parks

78’: Gary Mackay-Steven looks off Taty and shoots it right at Robles. This guy, man...

Entering the last phase of play here. NYCFC are playing solid and compact defense. But they’ve been wasteful with possession in this second frame. Protect the ball, and the game is yours. Don’t give players like Higuian an opportunity to equalize.

68’: Ismael Tajouri-Shradi comes on for Alexandru Mitrita while Gary Mackay-Steven comes in for Jesus Medina. I like ITS coming on, but not a fan of Mitri — who has two goals — coming off. But, I hope it works.

60’: Mata comes agonizingly close! A brilliant shot from the Tico beats Robles, but also beats the far post.

58’: Alex Ring seems to be sitting a bit deeper this half. Mitri also looks like he’s playing in a more wide position. Feels like a 4-5-1 of sorts.

53’: I’m positive City will need another goal in this one. With that in mind, I think Deila should strongly consider taking off Jesus Medina — who’s been invisible — for Ismael Tajouri-Shradi.

47’: That was a brilliant emergency stop from Matarrita. Lewis Morgan was in on goal again, but the Costa Rican made a slight shove that just put the winger off.

The second half is underway! It looks like we have a potential barn burner on our hands. Can NYCFC add some insurance to a one-goal lead?

HT: NYCFC lead 3-2 after a topsy-turvy first half that saw a total of five goals.

It definitely hasn’t been pretty, but City have gotten a huge boost by Alexandru Mitrita’s return to the lineup. Tinnerholm continues to be world class from the right back poisition on both sides of the ball. The defensive line, however, needs to step up. Miami’s second goal was indeed a touch of class. Still, they’ve performed average under pressure thus far.

44’: GOOOOOOOALLLL!!!!! Mitri grabs a second straight brace!

Mitrita begins the counterattack and takes it the length of the field. Though he did have some options, he takes the shot himself. It clatters off a Miami defender and trickles past Robles to give Mitri his second goal of the game whilst giving NYCFC a 3-2 lead!

38’: Well... that didn’t last long. Miami score again. And once again, it’s Lewis Morgan. This time with an absolute banger. We’re tied again.

35’: GOOOOOOOAAALLLLL!!!! TinnerBoom strikes again!

Tinnerholm carries the ball into space. Having failed to find a dangerous pass, the Swede cracks one with his left foot. The ball is buried into the far netting and City take a 2-1 advantage! THIS MAN IS ON FIRE!

30’: Keaton Parks nearly makes up for his error. A big buildup from City finds the American midfielder at the top of the box. Parks lets rip a decent attempt at goal, but it’s denied by Luis Robles.

Hydration break.

27’: Another Parks turnover leads to an Inter Miami goal.

That is just poor. A poor giveaway leads to a Miami attack that is finished off by Lewis Morgan. We’re knotted at 1-1.

Twenty minutes in. City are up. But there’s some caveats.

NYCFC looked stellar in the first five minutes. But since then, they’ve allowed Miami to grow into the game by virtue of their own sloppiness. Keaton Parks has been sloppy. And despite his awesome assist from the midfield, Alex Ring has looked out of sorts at the left wing.

7’: Sean Johnson does just enough to deny Higuain! The Argentinian found himself alone in a dangerous spot and was able to crack one on target. The City keeper, however, is able to get the slightest touch to turn it aside.

4’: GOOOOOOOAAALLLL!!! City are quick off the mark for the second straight week!

Alex Ring bombs the ball forward to Alexandru Mitrita who makes a late run into the box. The Romanian squeezes the ball past Miami’s keeper on the first touch to make it 1-0 for NYCFC. Mitri is on fire!

We’re off in Ft. Lauderdale! Can City build upon last week’s result before returning to Yankee Stadium?

Rosters are out! Alexandru Mitrita gets a second straight start at CAM, while Sebastien Ibeagha replaces the suspended Alex Callens at CB. I am, however, skeptical of Jesus Medina coming in for Ismael Tajouri-Shradi. Alex Ring is still controversially on the wing as well.


New York City FC Starting XI:

  • Suspended: Alexander Callens (D)
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report:
  • OUT: Maxi Moralez (M) - knee injury
  • OUT: Gedion Zelalem (M) - knee injury
  • OUT: Tayvon Gray (D) - undisclosed injury
  • OUT: Heber (F) - ACL injury

Inter Miami Starting XI:

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Nicolas Figal (D), Leandro Gonzalez Pirez (D)
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report:
  • OUT: George Acosta (M) - left knee injury
  • OUT: David Norman Jr (M) - left ankle injury
  • OUT: Denso Ulysse (D) - left lower leg injury
  • OUT: Juan Agudelo (F) - lower leg injury
  • OUT: Andrés Reyes (D) - lower leg injury

Referees: Jair Marrufo (referee); Nick Uranga, Brian Poeschel (assistant referees); Rubiel Vazquez (4th official); Daniel Radford (VAR)

How To Watch

Match date & time: October 3, 2020, 8:00 PM ET

Venue: Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ

Online streaming: Fox Sports Go


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The story: After a heartbreaking 1-0 to Toronto FC the previous week, New York City FC brought fans right back in with their dominant 4-0 display against FC Cincinnati last weekend. Riding on a high, they head to Florida to face Inter Miami in their Phase 3 opener.

Miami are a wounded duck right now, having sustained two straight losses by three-goal margins. But they could be on the rise with star players Gonzalo Higuain and Blaise Matuidi still becoming adjusted to their new surroundings — players of their quality are should to adapt.

But NYCFC are a team reborn. Following their dominant win over Cinci last week, City should be on a high after finally opening up the goalscoring floodgates. Alexandru Mitrita was dynamite at the CAM position last week, and Taty Castellanos played a great false nine role up top in place of the injured Héber. Another big win tonight could set off a potential world-beating Phase 3 for the Boys in Blue.

This post will update with highlights and information as we receive it.