Atlanta United make a rare trip south to visit Inter Miami CF on Wednesday night in a match originally scheduled for Aug. 26 that was postponed as both teams protested social injustice. The game will be played at Inter Miami CF Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.CLECK HERE TO WATCH LIVE STREAM FREE
Miami earned a 0-0 scoreless draw in its last contest, a home game against Nashville SC on Sunday. It was the third consecutive contest Miami didn’t score a goal.”Without a doubt not being able to score a goal was a big factor for us directly not only with the result but our confidence,” Miami head coach Diego Alonso told reporters following the contest. “I think if we’re able to score we gain more confidence, play better and win with points creating more chances.”
The Nashville match was also the MLS debut of French international and World Cup-winning midfielder Blaise Matuidi for Miami.
“I feel like (Matuidi) had a great game despite having only a few training sessions with the team,” Alonso said. “He really showed his quality, his intelligence to help the team play better. I think with time he will adapt and help us take a step forward and grow.”
Atlanta (3-4-2, 11 points) drew 1-1 at Orlando City SC on Saturday, with a header by Adam Jahn in second-half stoppage time earning the point.
“The first half we gave the ball way too many times in our own half and gave ourselves problems,” Atlanta interim head coach Stephen Glass said. “We were down 1-0 at halftime but had the resolve to come back and push it in the second half which showed the belief in the group.”Wednesday’s game will be played one week after Atlanta and Miami played to a scoreless draw in their first meeting last Wednesday.
“In terms of what we need to do better against Miami, the thing you saw in the second half against Orlando was the speed that we moved the ball and played like the game was on the line,” Glass said. “We need to start like that with a real determination and if we can get on top early, that’s what we’re looking for. We know Matuidi is a top-level player. He’s box-to-box, can handle the ball really well and has an energy when he presses the ball.”
The matches are piling on now as we near the end of regional MLS play, and the latest midweek matchup comes tonight as Atlanta United travels back down to everyone’s favorite state.
Adam Jahn’s stoppage time equalizer Saturday against Orlando will have team spirits a little higher than they were for the previous Inter Miami match, exactly one week ago. Inter Miami also earned themselves another draw on the weekend, their second straight. Hopefully, for ours and Miami fans’ sanity, we don’t get a repeat of that scoreline here.
Accomplishing that will take more offensive effort from the South Floridians, but they’ll have help with the suspension of Franco Escobar for yellow card accumulation and the still injured Fernando Meza. Atlanta’s job, on the other hand, is made much more difficult by the presence of Blaise Matuidi, World Cup winner and former Juventus midfielder who in his first appearance brought control that Miami had previously lacked.
Is Atlanta legitimately improving? Will Damm get his first start? Will Adam Jahn strike shush again?