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Inter Miami are 24th in the Supporters’ Shield standings after managing just 12 points from their opening 12 games. Meanwhile, New York Red Bulls have done well despite a poor start and are on a six-match unbeaten streak.
Phil Neville’s side are yet to show what they are capable of and should be the underdogs in the game. They are playing at home but will need a lot more than their fans playing the 12th man to pick up a win on Sunday.
New York Red Bulls are doing well with an unbeaten run, but they have won just twice in those matches. They will be keen on converting the draws into wins and should be confident of doing that against Inter this Sunday.
So far, these two sides have met four times in the league, and none of the games have ended in a draw. The Red Bulls have won three meetings, while Inter have a single win – back in 2020 at the Red Bull Arena. Gonzalo Higuaín scored a late winner in the game after Matías Pellegrini canceled Omir Fernandez’s opening goal for Red Bull.
When these two sides last met in the league, back in October 2021, Patryk Klimala scored the lone goal for Red Bull. The goal in the 24th minute was the difference between the two sides after Red Bull dominated most of the game. Inter managed just a single shot on target, which was also saved with ease.
Inter Miami are 24th in the league table right now, and know that they need to start picking up points. In the last five matches, they have won just once and lost twice. Dropping 10 points in those matches has seen them slip further down the table, and the pressure is now on Phil Neville to deliver.
Moreover, their main issue has been the forward, who are failing to deliver consistently. Inter have scored just 11 goals in 12 matches, so far – the second-worst record in the league along with Chicago Fire, who sit at the bottom of the table. Only newcomers Charlotte FC have scored fewer goals, but they still have more points than Inter this season.
Inter’s start to the season was one of the worst in MLS history as they collected just one point from their first five matches. They drew 0-0 against Chicago Fire in their season opener and then went on to lose to Austin FC, Los Angeles FC, FC Cincinnati, and Houston Dynamo.
Their losing streak finally came to an end when they defeated New England Revolution 3-2 at home. Leonardo Campana scored the winner with just 2 minutes left on the clock.
They backed it up with a 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders and a 2-1 win over Atlanta United – making it look like they had turned a corner and were back at their best. However, all that came crashing when they faced the New England Revolution again.
They were beaten 2-0 this time around, and Charlotte made it worse for them by edging out a 1-0 win. DC United and Philadelphia Union could not muster wins over Inter and had to settle for draws.
DC United came from 2-0 down to get a draw at the Inter Miami Stadium last weekend. Leonardo Campana and Damion Lowe handed the home side a must-needed lead, but it was cut short right at halftime when Taxiarchis Fountas pulled a goal back.
Ola Kamara made it 2-2 in the 74th minute, and that turned out to be the last goal of the game. During the week, Inter did well to defend Philadelphia’s attack and hold them to a goalless draw. Despite having 20 shots at goal, Union could not get a single goal and ended up sharing points.
Brek Shea and Edison Azcona are doubtful, while Robbie Robinson, George Acosta, and Ian Fray are ruled out. The rest of the squad should be available for Phil Neville to pick from this weekend.
New York Red Bulls have done well this season and have lost just twice so far. They have picked up five wins in their 12 matches and are now looking to get to the next level this season.
Gerhard Struber’s men won their opening two fixtures against San Jose Earthquakes and Toronto FC away from home. However, they could not keep the run going when they welcomed Minnesota Union and lost 1-0.
The loss was followed by a 1-1 draw against Columbus Crew, with the game seeing two late goals. Darlington Nagbe equalized in the 95th minute after Tom Barlow thought he had won the game for New York Red Bulls with the first goal in the 84th minute.
Matt Polster’s own goal in the 90th minute of the game saw the Red Bulls get back to winning ways when they faced New England Revolution. However, they could not carry the momentum into the next match and lost 2-1 at home once again. The defeat to CF Montreal was a tough one as they were 1-0 up in the 73rd minute, but ended up losing 201 with two late goals from the away side.
Gerhard Struber has changed things around now and they have – to put it bluntly – simply stopped losing matches. Their six-match unbeaten streak started with a goalless draw against FC Dallas at home and then a 3-0 win at Orlando City.
Luquinhas, Cristian Cásseres Jr., and Lewis Morgan got on the scoresheet as they dominated one of the most one-sided games in MLS history. The Red Bulls did not let Orlando have a single shot on target the entire game while taking 17 shots themselves.
They dominated against Chicago Fire as well, but needed a last-minute penalty from Patryk Klimala to win the game. Xherdan Shaqiri had handed the home side their lead early in the first half before Patryk Klimala’s brace saw New York make a comeback.
The one issue with the New York Red Bulls is that they have not been able to go on a good winning run, and streaks haven’t lasted longer than two matches. The same has happened once again as the two wins were followed by three draws – against Portland Timbers, Philadelphia Union, and Chicago Fire.
Serge Ngoma, Wikelman Carmona and Andrés Reyes are ruled out.
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|Inter Miami CF vs NY Red Bulls Information|
|Teams||Inter Miami CF vs New York Red Bulls|
|Location||DRV PNK Stadium|
|Time||Sunday, May 22 at 6pm EST|
|How to watch||MLS LIVE on ESPN+, MLS LIVE on DAZN, My33, MSG|
Varun is a web journalist who has been writing on sports for 13 years. He took a shine for the MLS during the 2021 season and has been following it and writing about it since, alongside his work involving the English Premier League, La Liga, and the Serie A. He is deeply interested in soccer analytics and strategy and has aspirations to move into coaching at some point. Email: [email protected]More info on Varun Shetty
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