LAFC heads to the Sunshine State to take on Inter Miami in a nationally televised match on Saturday morning. It is just the second match-up between the teams in their history, and the first visit to Miami ever for the Black & Gold. LAFC opened the 2020 season handing Miami a 1-0 defeat in their first-ever match at Banc of California Stadium behind a goal from Carlos Vela.

After an injury scare in LAFC’s last match on Sunday vs. Portland in which he left at halftime due after feeling some discomfort in his knee, the 2019 MLS MVP was back in full training all week and is expected to play against Miami.
That is good news for LAFC, who will be looking to Vela to help the team find the back of the net, after they threatened Portland for much of their previous match with numerous shots, but could not break through until the 93rd minute when Mamadou Fall directed the tying goal past the Timbers goalkeeper off a brilliant cross from Brian Rodriguez.

Miami is 0-1-1 this season, and coming off a 5-1 loss in Austin, where Austin FC was able to create chances and finish them.
Cherundolo insists that the fact that this match will kick off at 10:30 am on the West Coast to be played before a national television audience on Univision/TUDN will not be a factor.
Inter Miami is managed by former English National Team defender Phil Neville and boasts a lineup featuring European football legend Gonzalo Higuain as well as solid players such as DeAndre Yedlin. This is a team that has had a massive overhaul in 2022 after finishing 12-5-17 (W-T-L), bringing in almost a complete new squad of players, including forward Leonardo Campana, who scored Miami’s only goal so far this season.