Inter Miami CF conceded a goal early in the second half to fall behind 2-1 and two more late on, falling to New York Red Bulls 4-1 in the team’s first home game against an opponent outside the Southeast.
The debut of Inter Miami CF in Major League Soccer was more than six years in the making. Any actual result, win lose or draw, would have surely been a delight for the Miami faithful.
But when Lee Nguyen stood over a 96th-minute free kick, then followed up with a shot on goal moments later, those fans had to be dreaming of a point.
The excitement, the exhilaration and the possibility was all there for Inter Miami CF on Sunday night. The only thing missing was a goal.
Los Angeles FC, spearheaded by a solid defensive performance and led by a moment of brilliance from Carlos Vela, defeated Inter Miami 1-0 to give the RosaNegra an ignoble welcome to MLS.
On Monday morning, Inter Miami CF preseason opened its first preseason at Buccaneer Field on the campus of Barry University. Three members of the club spoke to the press about the first day, and what could be coming. You can see and hear their full comments, with limited editing, below.
First, Sporting Director Paul McDonough spoke to the media, giving some insight about how many players may still be added to the squad and how players may — or may not — be added as the season goes along.