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Inter Miami seeking offense in matchup with D.C. United

Field Level Media
18 Jun 2021, 09:05 GMT+10

Inter Miami CF hope to locate their offense on Saturday when they return from the three-week international break against D.C. United at Washington D.C.

Inter Miami CF (2-4-2, 8 points) dropped a 3-0 decision to D.C. United (3-5-0, 9 points) on May 29, marking the club's second straight shutout loss and fourth time in six outings that it had been kept off the scoreboard. In addition, Miami has allowed eight goals in the last four matches.

"Mistakes have cost us and left us a mountain to climb, fighting to score a goal," Inter Miami coach Phil Neville said after the match, per the Miami Herald. "... You can point your finger at individual errors, lack of concentration. We're giving teams a feeling that there's always a chance to score against us."

Perhaps a return to the road will pay dividends for Inter Miami, who are 2-1-1 away from home this season after posting a 2-8-1 mark during the 2020 expansion campaign.

Inter Miami striker Gonzalo Higuain has scored three of his team-best four goals on the road this season.

Unfortunately for Inter Miami, there has been plenty of speculation that midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro isn't playing because he is targeting an exit strategy from MLS.

"There is no possibility of Rodolfo Pizarro leaving Inter Miami. He is not playing because he is injured," Neville said Thursday of Pizarro, who is nursing a hip injury.

D.C. United have won both of their contests all-time against Inter Miami. D.C. United notched a 2-1 decision over the then-expansion club in 2020 before coasting to victory in the last meeting.

Ola Kamara increased his team-leading total to three goals by scoring in each half in the last match.

"I feel healthy, I feel powerful," Kamara said Thursday.

Captain Paul Arriola recorded his first goal since Aug. 31, 2019 and added an assist for D.C. United.

Bill Hamid made three saves to secure his 71st career shutout. The 30-year-old was participating in his first match since dealing with calf strain on the heels of undergoing offseason hernia surgery.

--Field Level Media

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