Our prediction for this MLS match:
All eyes will be on Exploria Stadium when Orlando City and Inter Miami square off against each other in a highly-anticipated MLS game. Orlando City aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chicago Fire, which saw the Lions put an end to their three-game winless run. Oscar Pareja’s men aim to keep on climbing the standings, but Saturday’s match will be anything but a walk in the park for the home team.
Portugal ace Nani, who limped off with injury in the triumph over Chicago, is unlikely to feature against Inter Miami, with Chris Mueller being ready to step up. Pato remains in the recovery room as well. The visitors, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Chicago Fire and Toronto, but given their anything but good away record, the share of spoils is on the horizon. Gonzalo Higuain is widely expected to lead the line for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Nani):
Nani is a product of Sporting CP’s famous youth academy. The pacey winger played 58 games for the capital club in Primeira Liga, scoring nine goals and in 2007 he joined Premier League side Manchester United. He signed a five-year deal with the Old Trafford outfit for a fee of €25.5 million.
He joined his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo at Man Utd and it has to be noted that Nani he spent eight seasons at the club. In 2014 he returned to Sporting (loan) and at the end of the 2014/2015 Primeira Liga campaign he moved to Turkish side Fenerbahce.
In 2016 he signed a three-year deal with Valencia for an undisclosed fee. Speaking of his international career, Nani did remarkably well to win the 2016 European Championship trophy with Portugal and it has to be noted that he started against France in the title game. The Portuguese winger won the 2007/2008 Champions League trophy with Manchester United.
Highlighted Team (Inter Miami):
Inter Miami is an American football (soccer) club that has been competing in the Major League Soccer since 2020. The Herons faced Los Angeles FC on their MLS debut, with the team suffering a 1-0 loss at Venue Banc of California Stadium.
Inter Miami recorded their first MLS win on August 23, 2020, with the team beating Orlando City 3-2 during the coronavirus pandemic. The Herons wear white shirts and violet shorts when playing at home, while black is the dominant colour of their away jersey. Inter Miami welcome their rivals at Inter Miami FC Stadium, the venue which can hold no more than 18,000 spectators.
The stadium was opened on July 18, 2020. Former Manchester United and England ace David Beckham shares the ownership of the club with the likes of Marcelo Claure, Jorge and Jose Mas, and Masayoshi Son. Uruguay tactician Diego Alonso is the first head coach in the history of the club.