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Nashville SC, Inter Miami look for rebound performances

Field Level Media
22 Sep 2021, 06:40 GMT+10

Nashville SC and Inter Miami will try to bounce back from disappointing losses in their most recent matches when they square off for the third and final time this season on Wednesday in a key Eastern Conference dustup in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Inter Miami (9-10-5, 32 points) had their club-record six-match unbeaten streak snapped on Friday with a 4-0 loss at home to the New York Red Bulls. Miami went 5-0-1 during that streak and has seven wins and three ties to go with two losses n its past 12 matches as it makes a move up the standings and into playoff contention.

Miami is in ninth place in the East, three points below the playoff line with 10 matches to play.

Miami has been enigmatic, to say the least, as it also had a six-match losing streak this season. It had just two shots in the loss to the Red Bulls, its fewest ever in a match.

"Hopefully it's just a blip and a minor bump on the road and we can go on another (positive) run like we did previously," Miami coach Phil Neville said Monday. "We've taken many steps forward in the last two months, but we just took a step back the other night. Now we have to reset, and we have to go again."

The two sides have played twice already this season, producing a scoreless draw in May in Nashville before Miami's 2-1 home win on Aug. 8.

Nashville (10-3-11, 41 points) heads to South Florida on the heels of a 2-1 loss on the road to East doormat Toronto FC on Saturday. That was Nashville's first loss since falling to Miami last month; Nashville hasn't dropped back-to-back contests since August 2020.

Nashville is in second place in the East, but trails front-running and league-leading New England by 15 points with 10 games to play. Nashville leads New York City FC and Orlando City SC, who are tied for third place, by three points; the second through seventh spots in the East standings are separated by just six points.

C.J. Sapong had Nashville's only tally in the loss to Toronto, his 10th of the season.

"I don't think we need to be too down on ourselves," Sapong said. "It is only our third loss of the season, and we'll take lessons to propel us through the rest of the season, the postseason and hopefully beyond."

--Field Level Media

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