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'Hard to beat' Philadelphia ready for Inter Miami

Field Level Media
27 Sep 2020, 03:55 GMT+10

The Philadelphia Union will be looking to produce points for the eighth time in nine games when they host Inter Miami on Sunday night.

The Union (7-2-4, 25 points) are coming off a 0-0 draw last Wednesday at FC Cincinnati.

Philadelphia enters this game tied with Orlando City SC and Toronto FC for second place in the Eastern Conference and five points behind the Columbus Crew.

"I like where we are on the table," Union coach Jim Curtin said. "I like where we are in the standings. We're hard to beat."

The Union will be missing two key players -- captain and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya for yellow card accumulation and right back Ray Gaddis due to a hamstring injury.

Philadelphia defeated Inter Miami 2-1 during the MLS is Back Tournament earlier this season near Orlando.

The Union's scoreless draw against Cincinnati provided one point, but they're searching for a cleaner performance.

"We'll move on, look for a great response against Miami," Curtin said. "They're eager to get back out there on the field and show what they can do."

Inter Miami (3-8-2, 11 points) have struggled most of the season, especially in their last game, a 4-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Veteran goalkeeper Luis Robles, who spent the first eight years of his career with the Red Bulls, was blunt following the loss and looking ahead.

"We didn't start the game right. We didn't respect our opponent," Robles said. "And any time you come onto the field thinking that it's going to be a kickaround and that you can go through the motions and you're such a good team that you can just play teams off the park, I think it's the wrong mentality to have."

Seven of Miami's eight losses have come by one goal.

Miami is hoping for a major boost with the potential debut of highly touted forward Gonzalo Higuain on Sunday.

"Gonzalo is working on the paperwork to be available," Inter Miami coach Diego Alonso said. "We still don't know what will happen for Sunday."

--Field Level Media

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