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Inter Miami hopes to maintain its winning record against NYC

Inter Miami hopes to maintain its winning record against NYC

Inter Miami hopes to maintain its winning record against NYC

Inter Miami hopes to maintain its winning record against NYC

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  • Inter Miami hopes to maintain its winning record against NYC.
  • Miami won their first two games against Montreal and Philadelphia.
  • Neville’s squad never appeared to have a chance to defeat the City Football Group.
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MIAMI: Inter Miami coach Phil Neville is hopeful his club can revenge their playoff loss from the previous season when they play New York City FC in the Big Apple on Saturday. Inter Miami has opened the Major League Soccer season with a pair of victories.

Miami won their first two games against Montreal and Philadelphia while maintaining a perfect record versus the Eastern Conference’s second- and first-place teams.

Former Manchester United player Neville said, “There is a big feel-good factor around the facility, it is the confidence we get from beating the two best teams from the conference last season. Now we have to face the third-best team from last year away from home.”

Miami’s performance the previous season on the road, where they managed just four victories, was noticeably different from their performance at their South Florida home, where they only lost three games the whole season.

Neville is aware that this must change if his team is to improve upon last season’s sixth-place showing and early playoff elimination at the hands of New York.

Englishman said, “Our away form last season wasn’t good enough,”

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“If we had won maybe three or four more games away from home we would have finished in fourth position so we want to start the ‘away season’ really well,”

“I think away form in the league will define our season that is the biggest barometer for us, we need to have that ruthless mentality away from home that we show here.”

A New York team that went on to the Conference finals and lose to Philadelphia defeated Inter 3-0 at Yankee Stadium.

In Gonzalo Higuain’s farewell game for Miami, Miami lost a lopsided contest in which Neville’s squad never appeared to have a chance to defeat the City Football Group franchise owned by Manchester City. Neville says he expects his players to be motivated by the pain.

He said, “There are probably a few scars and some memories that I hope will inspire them on Saturday to reach the level of performance that is needed to beat a team like NYC,”

“They have fantastic players and a great coach and they play a style of football that I think is one of the best in the league.

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“When we came out of the playoffs what we took from that was the level needed to beat a team like NYC on a tight, baseball type pitch.”

On Saturday, Philadelphia Union will host the Chicago Fire in an effort to avenge their loss to Miami, and newcomers St. Louis FC will go to Portland with the goal of picking up their third straight victory.

On Sunday, the defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles FC welcomes the New England Revolution.

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