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Oppo Research: 5 Things about Inter Miami

Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald tells us why the Herons are dangerous with or without Lionel Messi.

The 37-year-old is still scoring goals | Courtesy of Inter Miami CF

In this edition of Oppo Research, Hudson River Blue spoke with Michelle Kaufman of the Miami Herald to learn more about Inter Miami, New York City FC's opponent on Saturday. Here is your NYCFC vs Inter Miami preview.

1. Expectations are sky-high in Miami

Hudson River Blue: Inter Miami started the season mostly as expected despite the poor losses to the Red Bulls and CF Montréal.

Michelle Kaufman: Expectations this year are sky-high. With Messi, Busquets, Alba, and Suarez all back together again, and with a full preseason with Inter Miami and coach Tata Martino, and some new talented young additions, the hope was this team would be competing for Champions Cup, Leagues Cup, and MLS Cup this year.

The team is undefeated in five games with Messi this season, but has lost two of three without him, showing that this season will not be as easy for Miami as some people might have thought.

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