NASHIVEL: David Beckham’s Inter Miami shattered hopes of losing the Major League Soccer game when fellow newcomer Nashville sealed a place in the next round with a 3-0 victory at Nissan Stadium. ۔
Nashville was in control after Randall Lyall’s early surprise goal before the penalty by Honey Mukhtar, and the effort of the second half dex McCarthy helped the Music City team get the right marks as Miami left easily.
Gary Smith’s team, which first won two expansion clubs in the two games after the season. Valuable, next Tuesday faced Toronto for a place in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
“It was a great performance,” Smith said. “Toronto is on the upside with a lot of experience but we have a plan and it will make life difficult for them.”
It was the saddest part of a difficult first campaign for a team co-owned by former England captain Beckham, who was forced to step down without star striker Gonzalo Higuain and key defenders Lander and Won Gonzalez Perez after the Argentine pair. Hughes’ older brother, Frederico, tested positive for Coved 19 and did not travel.
The loss of such key players was a blow to Inter Miami coach Diego Alonso, who needed all the help he needed after winning just seven of 23 matches in the epidemic-plagued regular season. Miami coach Alonso has refused to use the absence of two of his best players as a reason for the defeat.
“We knew we had lost some players but that’s not an excuse,” he said. “The last two weeks have been complicated and complicated because it was difficult for us to train. I didn’t make excuses before the game and now I won’t make them.