Orlando City 2-1 Inter Miami: Goals and Highlights
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MLS Is Back With A Great Game

Orlando City's Nani got his side the three points with a goal late in stoppage. Orlando had to come from behind after Juan Agudelo scored just couple minutes after the restart. Chris Mueller equalized on 70 minutes from a Nani cross. 

It was a tale of two halves as the first saw no scoring. Orlando controlled the first half hour before Miami took control to close out the half. 

In the second half, Miami was once again the better side, evidenced by Agudelo's opener. But Orlando kept on pressing and their star man, Nani, made sure they wouldn't go down without a fight. 

Not many great crosses came from the Portugese international, but one did, which lead to the equalizer. And then, he took the bull by the horns, scoring the winner when the ball fell to him in the box. 

The game was slow at times, especially following the lengthy stoppage due to Andres Reyes' injury, but also opened up at other times. And the dramatic late finish was a perfect way to cap off the game.

Full Time Orlando 2-1 Miami

MLS is back and so is Orlando City who earned three points to take pole position in the group and add to their season total and take them to 4

90+10 Yellow card to Rosell for a tactical foul by pulling down Pizarro

90+9 Pizarro sends in a desperate cross from the left half space towards the far post, but finds no one

90+8 Nani off for Rodrigo Schlegel

Nani Goal!

90+7 Nani with the winner for Orlando! Cross into the box hits Figal without him kowing and falls to Nani in the box and he bangs it home

90+5 The game opens up at both teams look for a winner

90+3 Pizarro looks for contact in the box and goes down, but no foul given on Jansson

10 Stoppage Time minutes

10 minutes are added on due to the substitutions and lengthy stoppage due to Reyes' injury

90' Chapman heads just over the bar!

Nguyen sends in the corner and Chapman rises up, but heads it just over the bar. So close to a winner

89' Almost penalty! Ruan makes a risky challenge on Argudo on the left side of the box, but no foul is given. No protests from Miami, indicates it was a fair challenge

87' Mendez gets a yellow for chopping down Pizarro from behind Free kick for Miami from about 35 yards out, centrally

85' Another Nani cross from the left flank finds no one, to far for Ruan at the far post and goes out for a Miami throw

83' Carranza with a hard, late foul on Jansson near midfield. Yellow card to Carranza on his debut

83' Andres Perea and Benji Michel on for Orlando for Mueller and Pereyra

82' The game continues to be open as each team is getting tired, plus seeking a winner

Lee Nguyen, Luis Argudo, and Jay Chapman all subbed on at the water break for Miami, replacing Morgan, Pellegrini, and Trapp

77' 2nd half water break

76' Akindele close, but no cigar

Mueller whips in a great cross from the right half space and Akindele gets a head to in centrally in the box, but can't redirect it

73' Agudelo subs off for Miami, with Julian Carranza coming on

72' Morgan free kick from the right half space after a foul on Pizarro goes wide left. Sends Gallese to dive, but pulls his hands back as it's not close enough on goal

Mueller Goal!

70' Mueller with a sliding goal at the back post!

Nani attacks down the left flank and sends a dangerous low cross across the 6. Robles doesn't come off his line and Mueller slides to the back post and knocks it in

69' Tired legs are definitely showing as passing is starting to fall off and players aren't able to get to passes

66' Figal crashes hard into Mueller near midfield to stop an impeding Orlando attack. No foul given. Nani gets on to the ball and a shot from 30 yards out on the left side gets deflected out past the byline for a corner

65' Pereyra ambitiously shoots from outside the D and pulls it wide left after a good run into the final third

62' Dwyer and Urso off for Orlando. Sebastian Mendez and Tesho Akindele on to try and spark the attack

60' Pereyra drives into the final third and centers it for Mueller just outside the D, but Mueller passes is straight to the opposing team

59' Pizarro immediately wins a free kick in the left half space. Pellegrini with an awful delivery that doesn't threaten goal

57' Reyes is stretchered off and Pizarro comes on in his place

55' Stretcher comes on to the field with Reyes still in an incredible amount of pain

Thoughts and prayers that he'll be okay

52' Andres Reyes is down near midfield after the battle with Dwyer and is in serious need of attention. Physios are on the field to tend to him as he clutches his throat in clear pain

Hopefully he's okay

51' Dwyer wins the ball as Reyes and him go after a pass. Dwyer tries to play in Mueller on the counter, but the pass isn't enough

Agudelo! Goal!

47' Goal! Juan Agudelo!

Pellegrini and Ulloa combine on the right side of the box in tight spaces and Ulloa crosses to Agudelo in the six yard box and he easily directs it home


Orlando 0-1 Miami


2nd Half Begins

Orlando City kicks off the 2nd half

No subs made

Half Time 0-0

The first half ends goalless. Orlando City controlled the first half hour of the game other than an early Juan Agudelo muffed chance for Miami

But after the water break, Inter Miami turned it on with Matias Pellegrini moving centrally and looking much more threatening

Lots of crosses from both sides have missed the mark, with rust clearly showing. The first half got better as the game went on and the 2nd half should be better as well

45+3 Pellegrini driving in wide open space into the attack half, but takes too heavy of a touch, and collides with Jansson, fouling him

Three Minutes Of Stoppage Time

3 minutes added

45' Morgan's free kick cleared out easily

44' Antonio Carlos fouls Morgan as they chase a ball going deep into Orlando's half

Antonio Carlos lucky to not get a yellow

Free kick in a dangerous area for Miami, right half space

42' Dwyer and Reyes collide going for a 50-50 ball and Reyes is down for a moment, but appears alright

41' Morgan wins the ball in the attacking half and shots from central about 25 yards out and pulls it wide left

39' Goal! Ruled out for a handball! Morgan takes a phenomenal free kick into the box, but Sweat's hand knocks it into the goal and receives a yellow card for the handball

38' Yellow to Moutinho for a hard foul on Pellegrini, kicking him in the shin

36' Nani sends another cross to no one on a quick counter attack after Orlando won the ball back in the midfield, out for a goal kick

35' Nealis with a cross from the right side of the box, but it goes straight to Gallese, who initially spills it, but recovers it quickly without threat from any crashing Miami players

33' Moutino drives towards the box and plays Dwyer into the box, but he can't get to it, the cut back goes out over the bar

30' First water break

30' Nani with a cross from the left half space, but too far and can't find Urso

28' Nani cuts to the byline down the left side of the box and crosses, but can't find Mueller

Ball cleared out

26' Ruan and Pellegrini continue their battle, this time a foul going Orlando's way

22' Mueller shot! Saved by Robles!

Pereyra plays him into the final third with a great ball between the defenders and Mueller tries to bend it around, but Robles with a great diving save

21' Dwyer with a hard foul on Reyes from behind. Lucky to not get a yellow card

19' Agudelo tries for the spectacular from midfield to catch the keeper off his line, but misses well wide

Won the ball of Jansson around midfield and looked to shoot from distance

16' Nani tries to race down the left flank to send in a cross, but miscontrolled it out for a goal kick

14' After a couple minutes of the game opening up, the game has slowed back down, with both teams trying to play out of the back and break down the other

12' Pellegrini tries to attack down the left half space behind the defense, but Jansson makes a great tackle to knock the ball out

10' Orlando goes on the break down the right side and a cross gets cleared out for a corner. Corner doesn't find anyone

9' Agudelo misses just wide!

Cross from the left flank comes to Agudelo near post and he can't direct it in to goal. Goes wide for a goal kick

5' Morgan sends in a cross from the right flank and it's cleared out easily

2' Dwyer fouls Figal going for a loose ball, free kick to Miami

1' Pellegrini wins the first foul of the game near midfield in Miami's own half

Kick Off

1' Miami kicks us off and brings soccer and American sports back

Kick Off Moments Away

Inter Miami XI - No Pizarro

Orlando XI

Warm Ups Underway

Players In The House

Starting XIs...Not Out

40 minutes before kick off and line ups have not been released

When they are, we'll have them for you

The Stage Is Set

We're Live!

Inter Miami and Orlando City is almost here! 

And we're live to bring you the game!

Short and Long Term Results

The MLS is Back tournament will feature a group stage and knockout rounds. Group winners and runners up, plus a few others, will advance to the knockouts with a chance to earn more than $1million in prize money and a spot in next year's Concacaf Champions League.

Plus, points earned in the group stage will count towards this season's standings. 

No Fans, Real Or Artificial

No fans will attend the game or tournament. And according to reports, MLS will skip the artificial crowd noise used in many European leagues

Weather Effects

A lot has been made of the weather and the potential effects it will have on the team. But hopefully each team will be used to and ready for the heat and humidity

Orlando City Ready To Get On Track

Orlando City drew Real Salt Lake 0-0 and lost 2-1 on the road to Colorado back in the Spring. Were those performances any indication of how they'll come out in this tournament?

Miami Looking For Firsts

Inter Miami lost both of their first two games in club history to open the season. 

Miami lost 1-0 to LAFC and 2-1 at DC United before the season shut down.

Will they be able to change that in this game?

Not Cancelled

Thankfully Inter Miami vs Orlando City will take place, as some MLS teams have already had their issues when it comes to the Coronavirus

Players Feeling Safe

Nani, Rodolfo Pizarro, and Luis Robles all spoke to the media Monday and said they're feeling "safe" ahead of the tournament that's taking place during the Coronavirus insanity


Rivalry Begins

The two Florida based teams will face each other for the first time in their history

Inter Miami will play only their third game in club history

Orlando will play their first MLS game against an in-state opponent in history


What's going on everybody. Welcome to VAVEL.com’s LIVE coverage of MLS is Back and the opening match between Inter Miami and Orlando City

My name is Drew Pells and I’ll be your host for this game. I'll have pre-game news, updates, and analysis, plus roster updates and everything else leading up to the game as it happens live here on VAVEL.

Kick Off And How To Watch

Inter Miami CF vs Orlando City SC will take place at Disney's Wide World Of Sports where all 25 teams, minus FC Dallas, are in a bubble and kick off the World Cup style tournament


The game will be on ESPN and ESPN Deportes