MLS: Red Bulls put home struggles up against surging Inter Miami

Inter Miami CF will look to continue their late playoff push when they travel north to face the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night.

Miami (10-10-6, 36 points) is unbeaten in its last five games following a 2-1 home victory over much-improved Toronto FC. That put the Herons briefly up to a season-high position of fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

They are still sixth after MLS play Sunday and have a chance to earn points in a third consecutive result on the road. Miami won 1-0 at San Jose on Aug. 3 and finished in a 2-2 tie at second-place Montreal three days later.

“Our road form wasn’t great,” manager Phil Neville said of Miami’s 1-7-2 record in its first 10 away games. “So it gives us a little bit of confidence on the road. We played a certain system, we played a certain way, and we felt like that system really suited us.”

They also have played with Alejandro Pozuelo for seven games, with his arrival in a summer trade from Toronto FC helping to spark Miami’s resurgence. The 2020 MLS MVP has two goals and four assists in the Herons’ unbeaten run.

The Red Bulls (11-8-8, 41 points) enter in fourth in the East, with their standing built primarily on their away record.

At home, New York is just 3-5-5, including zero wins in their past four games. Away from home, the club is 8-3-3.

If that alone won’t keep the Red Bulls from overlooking Miami, their last meeting with the Herons will. Back in May, Miami beat visiting New York 2-0 to snap the Red Bulls’ six-match away unbeaten run to begin the season.

“We know at the moment they have a good form,” Red Bulls coach Gerhard Struber said. “But we know also (that) the game that we (had) in Miami was not especially successful. I can remember the first 20 minutes in the game, we were top in the game with many chances. And after that we broke down.”

Patryk Klimala’s penalty-kick goal helped the Red Bulls snap a three-match home losing streak in a 1-1 draw against FC Cincinnati last Saturday. Klimala is tied for second on the club with five goals, while Lewis Morgan leads with 11.

–Field Level Media

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