Rodolfo Pizarro scored club’s first goal
By Official Florida FC
Inter Miami was on the reverse of a pendulum swing that may have cost the club its first win.
Saturday, the Herons led D.C. United (1-1-0, 3 points) — courtesy Rodolfo Pizarro’s second minute goal — and appeared to double its advantage, only to see a goal called off and a red card issued for central defender Roman Torres in the 54th minute.
Lacking its most experienced outfield defender, the Herons allowed two goals in three minutes to fall to a D.C. United side that created fewer chances when both squads had 11 on the pitch.
Inter Miami continued to attack vertically, but out-manned, the club didn’t produce a shot on goal until Lewis Morgan’s 95th minute header.
“I’m proud of the players. Proud of what they did today. We need to keep on pushing. Unfortunately, we have less than we deserve after two matches. We have to continue pushing and fighting because in the two matches that we’ve played, the team has done some very good things,” Inter Miami Head Coach Diego Alonso told the club’s website. “I think that today we played better than the other day, we had a first great half in which we could have had a larger difference than the 0-1.”
“In ten minutes, the match completely changed and afterward with a man down the team fought the remaining time to tie the match or even win it. We had opportunities in front of goal up until the last minute and that makes me proud. I’m happy to be coaching these players. I’m happy to be Inter Miami’s coach and I’m sure that with this group of players we will achieve important things.”
Inter Miami (0-2-0, 0 points) is one of four teams in Major League Soccer without a point from its first two games. The Herons are joined by fellow expansion side Nashville SC, last year’s cellar dweller Cincinnati FC and NYCFC, the club that finished 2019 atop MLS’ Eastern Conference.
Inter Miami, like Cincinnati and NYCFC opened the season with two road matches. The Herons home opener will be against five-time MLS Cup champion L.A. Galaxy (0-1-1, 1 point) on March 14.