D.C. United and Inter Miami CF will meet for the first time of the 2023 season at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.
While the Black-and-Red looks to shake off a bit of a slump with a loss in Toronto and a 2-2 draw at home with CF Montréal, Inter Miami are dealing with a rough patch of their own.
Miami just parted ways with head coach Phil Neville after a 0-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls left the club sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference table. A fourth defeat in a row proved too much for the club.
Javier Morales was named interim head coach, taking the helm for Inter Miami as assistant coach Jason Kreis was dismissed alongside Neville. Morales has a wealth of experience backing him up, including time as a professional player, academy coach, and first team assistant coach.
Will D.C. United be able to capitalize on Inter Miami’s turmoil to return to winning ways? The Black-and-Red will need to hone their concentration to deliver the kind of consistent performance that will see them through the rest of the season.
Key Players: Christian Benteke and Donovan Pines
It goes without saying that Benteke has been the stalwart attacker the Black-and-Red have needed. He leads the team with seven goals scored this season. Donovan Pines has come into his own and is just as dangerous a goalscorer as he is on defense. He’s still developing, but his incredible rise over the course of the season has us keeping an eye on him.
Watch Out For: Leonardo Campana and Josef Martínez
Campana is a danger on the pitch, capable of producing multiple-goal games with ease. Josef Martínez, is, well, Josef Martínez. Martínez is a standout player who has been causing trouble for the opposition throughout his time in the league. The fastest player in MLS history to score 100 goals in regular-season matches, D.C. United will need to keep an eye on Martínez throughout the match.
Challenges: Wayne Rooney will have even more limited choices as D.C. United is down several players due to injury, and Lewis O’Brien is sidelined due to suspension. Miami, however, is missing its head coach, leaving the team to find a new groove to settle into mid-season.
Previously: The Black-and-Red last met Inter Miami in September 2022, when they suffered a 2-3 loss at Audi Field.
Inter Miami CF Availability:
Out: Gregore (Lisfranc), Jean Mota (knee), Rodolfo Pizarro (hamstring)
Questionable: Robbie Robinson (calf), Corentin Jean (knee)
D.C. United Availability:
Out: Lewis O’Brien (suspension), Martin Rodriguez (knee), Nigel Robertha (ankle), Mohanad Jeahze (thigh), Ruan (thigh), Russell Canouse (head), Luis Zamudio (thigh)
Location: DRV PNK Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Kickoff time: 7:30 PM ET
Referee: Marcos DeOliveira
Available streaming: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV