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Orlando City SC Falls on the Road to Inter Miami CF

March 2, 2024 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
Orlando City SC News Release


LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Orlando City SC (0-1-1, 1 point) dropped a 5-0 decision on the road to Inter Miami CF (2-0-1, 7 points) on Saturday afternoon at Chase Stadium.

The Lions will next host Liga MX's Tigres UANL in the Round of 16 of the Concacaf Champions Cup this Tuesday, March 5, for the first leg at INTER&Co Stadium, with kick off set for 9 p.m. ET.

Scoring Summary:

4' Luis Suarez (Julian Gressel) - MIA 1, ORL 0

The home side got on the board early in the match, with Julian Gressel making a run down the right side. The midfielder sent a ball into the middle, finding Luis Suarez in the box for a close-range shot past Gallese.

11' Luis Suarez (Julian Gressel) - MIA 2, ORL 0

Miami doubled its lead with Suarez again finding the back of the net, this time on a give-and-go with Gressel in the 11th minute.

29' Robert Taylor (Luis Suarez) - MIA 3, ORL 0

Miami made it a three-goal game with Suarez and Taylor both finding their way behind the backline, eventually seeing Suarez lay the ball off to his on-rushing teammate for the third goal of the game.

58' Lionel Messi - MIA 4, ORL 0

Miami's captain scored his first of the game, being on the fortunate end of a goalline clearance by Robin Jansson.

62' Lionel Messi (Diego Gomez) - MIA 5, ORL 0

Messi recorded his brace in the 62th minute, heading in a cross from Luis Suarez.

Head Coach Oscar Pareja:

"Obviously a very disappointing day for us. Recognizing from minute one to the end of the game, that didn't look like us in many areas and obviously in a team like them [Miami], we cannot permit [them] to have that many spaces and lose many duels and give them that possibility to be sitting in our box, in those counterattacks. So really, really disappointed but we're pushing as a group. You know that I have a big respect for this group, their professionalism and what they do. And if there is any responsibility, we will search to find answers, but this group, professionalism will never be on the line."

Match Notes:

Facundo Torres made his 75th start in his Orlando City career.

Forward Luis Muriel made his MLS debut in the match, entering as a substitute to start the second half.

Next Match: The Lions will return home to host Tigres UANL in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie in Concacaf Champions Cup on Tuesday, March 5. The match will kick off at 9 p.m. ET from INTER&Co Stadium.

Teams 1 2 F

Inter Miami CF 3 2 5

Orlando City SC 0 0 0

Scoring Summary:

MIA - Luis Suarez (Julian Gressel) 4'

MIA - Luis Suarez (Julian Gressel) 11'

MIA - Robert Taylor (Luis Suarez) 29'

MIA - Lionel Messi 58'

MIA - Lionel Messi (Luis Suarez) 62'

Misconduct Summary:

ORL - Robin Jansson (Yellow Card) 33'

MIA - Diego Gomez (Yellow Card) 51'

Lineups/Substitutions:

Orlando City SC - GK Pedro Gallese; D Dagur Dan Thórhallsson, Rodrigo Schlegel, Robin Jansson (c), Rafael Santos (Kyle Smith 58'); M Facundo Torres, César Araújo, Wilder Cartagena (Nico Lodeiro 46'), Iván Angulo (Ramiro Enrique 58'); F Martín Ojeda (Felipe 74'), Duncan McGuire (Luis Muriel 46')

Substitutes Not Used: GK Mason Stajduhar; D David Brekalo, Mikey Halliday; M Jeorgio Kocevski

Inter Miami CF - GK Drake Callender; D DeAndre Yedlin, Tomas Aviles (Sergii Kryvtsov 78'), Jordi Alba, Nicolas Freire (Noah Allen 79'); M Sergio Busquets, Lionel Messi (c), Diego Gomez (Jean Mota 79'), Julian Gressel (David Ruiz 67'); F Luis Suarez (Leo Campana 67'), Robert Taylor

Substitutes Not Used: GK CJ Dos Santos; D Ryan Sailor; M Lawson Sunderland, F Shanyder Borgelin

Details of the Game:

Time: 4:55 p.m. ET

Weather: Clear

Date: March 2, 2024

Attendance:

Stats:

Possession:

ORL - 52.5%

MIA - 47.5%

Shots:

ORL - 9

MIA - 11

Saves:

ORL - 0

MIA - 3

Fouls:

ORL - 12

MIA - 18

Corners:

ORL - 5

MIA - 1


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