Inter Miami Takes on Philadelphia Union Away

Inter Miami without Messi and Suárez
St Louis City SC v Inter Miami CF
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This Saturday, June 15th, Inter Miami CF faces Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park in a matchup that promises to be electrifying. After a week of rest, Miami returns to action in the 2024 MLS regular season with the aim of solidifying their lead in the Supporters' Shield Standings.

Inter Miami, boasting a record of 10 wins, 3 losses, and 5 draws, tops the table with 35 points. They have shown devastating offensive prowess, leading the league with 42 goals scored so far.

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The absence of Messi, Suárez, and Matías Rojas, who are with their national teams preparing for Copa America 2024, is a concern for coach Gerardo Martino. However, Inter Miami's squad depth should not be underestimated. Players like Jordi Alba, who shone in the last game with a goal and two assists, along with the returns of Benjamin Cremaschi and David Ruiz, are factors that could compensate for these absences.

Philadelphia Union, on the other hand, is not in their best form. With 4 wins, 4 losses, and 8 draws, they have accumulated only 20 points, placing them eighth in the Eastern Conference. Playing at home is always an advantage, and Union will certainly seek to surprise. Led by the talented Dániel Gazdag, who has scored 10 goals this season, and Quinn Sullivan, leading in assists with five, Philadelphia Union has the potential to make life difficult for Inter Miami.

Historically, the matchups between Inter Miami and Philadelphia Union have been evenly matched, with three wins for Miami, four for Philadelphia, and two draws. The last time they met, Inter Miami emerged victorious with a convincing 4-1 win in the 2023 Leagues Cup semifinals, a victory that propelled them towards their first title.

Another intriguing aspect of this matchup is the potential reunion of former teammates. Damion Lowe and Julián Carranza, now with Philadelphia Union, previously played for Inter Miami. Such reunions always add an extra layer of emotion and competitiveness to the game.

Inter Miami comes off an undefeated streak away from home, with four wins and one draw in their last five games. This away performance underscores the team's mental strength and technical quality. Their most recent victory against Vancouver Whitecaps, even without some of their stars, demonstrated the squad's ability to adapt and achieve positive results under adverse conditions.