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Oppo Research: 5 Things about Inter Miami

We learn about the strengths and weaknesses of a team that are dangerous with or without Lionel Messi.

Inter Miami's Facundo Farias and Lionel Messi | Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

In this edition of Oppo Research, Hudson River Blue spoke with Alex Windley of The Heron Outlet and The Pink Heron Press to learn more about Inter Miami, New York City FC’s opponent tomorrow when they face off at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale: Here is your NYCFC vs Inter Miami preview.

1. Miami not confident about making playoffs 

Hudson River Blue: Inter Miami are currently chasing a playoff spot and come into Saturday’s matchup five points off 9th place, and look like they’ll be without Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba. Could the Herons still sneak into a playoff spot behind Josef Martinez and Leo Campana? What are the vibes in Fort Lauderdale these days? 

Alex Windley: If you’d asked fans a week ago, they would’ve been more confident, but with Messi’s day-to-day injury, and the poor showing during the US Open Cup, I think climbing the table is going to be significantly more challenging than many people believed.

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