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Inter Miami CF to Host the New York Red Bulls on Friday 

September 16, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Inter Miami CF News Release


Inter Miami CF (9W-5D-9L, 32 points) will return to DRV PNK Stadium to take on the New York Red Bulls (6W-5D-11L, 23 points) on Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. ET.

Where to Watch

The match will be broadcast nationally on FOX Deportes and FS1. Fans worldwide can follow live updates including video highlights and stats on the Club's App. Download and Register your Profile here: https://www.intermiamicf.com/en/club/app.

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Kick Childhood Cancer Night presented by Baptist Health South Florida

Inter Miami will host the New York Red Bulls in the Club's Kick Childhood Cancer Night presented by Baptist Health. The match will feature:

A commemorative Kick Childhood Cancer edition MLS adidas Nativo 21 Official Match Ball used in match play

Kick Childhood Cancer adidas Pre-Match Jerseys will be worn by players during pregame and warmups on game day as well as on the bench, side lines and during training and in community outreach efforts

Gold corner flags

Gold goal nets

Gold captain's armbands

Gold ribbon jersey patches

PRO referees will sport wristbands featuring a Kick Childhood Cancer ribbon

Content to raise funds and awareness

Additionally, Inter Miami CF was able to fulfill a final wish for 15-year-old Inter Miami fan, Patricio Ojeda. Patricio was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and after a two-year battle, was given a short time to live. As a passionate fútbol and Inter Miami fan, Patricio's final wish was to come to the DRV PNK Stadium and meet the Inter Miami players. Inter Miami was able to give Patricio and his family a day they would never forget. On July 9, 2021, Club signed Patricio as an official player for the day, with his jersey waiting for him in the locker room alongside his favorite players' lockers - Gonzalo Higuaín and Blaise Matuidi. As he was too unwell to attend a game, an intrasquad scrimmage was organized in his honor and Patricio was made captain for the day. The players treated him as a member of the squad as he sat alongside Phil Neville on the team bench for the game. Inter Miami staff and players raised funds for Patricio's family who was struggling with the financial burden of their son's illness. Sadly, Patricio lost his battle on July 31, 2021.

A commemorative framed jersey of Patricio Ojeda, will be placed at DRV PNK Stadium to ensure he will always be a part of the Club. The framed jersey will be presented by the team at DRV PNK Stadium during pregame and the full story will be shown on the Club's channels and in the stadium on matchday. This year's Kick Childhood Cancer efforts are dedicated to Patricio.

Inter Miami to Debut XBTO Branded Jerseys Against the New York Red Bulls

Inter Miami CF hosted a special event on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at the NW Club at DRV PNK Stadium to unveil XBTO, a prominent, global cryptofinance firm, as the first-ever Primary Jersey Sponsor for South Florida's Major League Soccer (MLS) Club. The deal between Inter Miami and XBTO marks the first cryptofinance partnership in MLS. On Friday, Inter Miami will don its XBTO branded jerseys for the first time.

Maintaining Momentum

Inter Miami will return to DRV PNK Stadium to face the New York Red Bulls for the first time this season after defeating Toronto FC on the road in its last match. Goalkeeper Nick Marsman earned Heineken Man of the Match honors after his stellar performance in the 0-1 victory against Toronto FC, in which he recorded four saves and helped Inter Miami maintain its fourth consecutive clean sheet.

Inter Miami was previously scheduled to face the Red Bulls in July, however, the match-up was postponed to Oct. 9 due to extreme weather conditions. The Friday match-up will be the second game this week for the Herons. Inter Miami is coming off of a win against Toronto FC on the road that has extended its unbeaten streak to six. The Inter Miami squad has not allowed a goal in the month of September, with the team earning four clean sheets in a row, drawing 0-0 on the road against Orlando City, defeating FC Cincinnati 0-1 at TQL Stadium, winning 1-0 at home against the Columbus Crew, and most recently a 0-1 victory on the road against Toronto FC. Additionally, the team has only suffered one loss during the months of August and September.

MLS Team of the Week Honors for Christian Makoun

Christian Makoun was named to the MLS Team of the Week presented by Audi for Week 25 after scoring the winning goal from a penalty kick in stoppage time against Toronto FC on Sept. 14. It was the first time in the 2021 regular season that the Venezuelan was named to the MLS Team of the Week.

Familiar Faces

The fixture against the Red Bulls could feature reunions between former teammates or rivals for players of both sides. Defender Christian Makoun and New York Red Bulls forward Cristhian Cásseres Jr. have played a total of 1,579 minutes with each other across three different teams. The former teammates played eight matches between 2016 and 2017 for Venezuela's U-17's and 12 matches between 2018 and 2019 for the Venezuela U-20 team. Most recently, Makoun and Cásseres Jr. played in one match with each other for the Venezuela U-23 team in 2019. They also played against each other at one point in their fútbol careers, in a 2017 Venezuelan Torneo Apertura matchup.

Furthermore, the matchup could also feature reunions between former rivals Inter Miami forward Robbie Robinson and midfielder Omir Fernandez, who played against each other in 2018 as sophomores in college when Robinson played for Clemson and Fernandez played for Wake Forest; both teams are part of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Lastly, New York Red Bulls defender Andrés Reyes may face his former teammates after playing for Inter Miami in the Club's inaugural campaign in 2020.

New York Red Bulls' Record in 2021

The New York Red Bulls are coming off of a midweek 2-1 loss against the Columbus Crew. In the month of August, they recorded one win, three losses, and one draw. Thus far in the month of September, they earned a 1-1 draw against D.C. United and lost against Columbus. In the 2021 regular season, the Red Bulls have recorded six wins, five draws and 11 losses for a total of 23 points and are currently ranked 11th in the Eastern Conference.

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