With some of their best players injured or away for international duty, the New York Red Bulls and Inter Miami CF clashed at Red Bull Arena for the first time on Wednesday night. The Red Bulls were missing both their midfielders, namely Kaku and Cristian Casseres, to World Cup qualifier duty with Venezuela.
Inter Miami lost their playmaker Roldofo Pizarro to Mexico, defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez due to suspension, and goalkeeper Luis Robles due to a broken left arm suffered during a loss to NYCFC.
Bounce-back was the theme for a New York Red Bulls team that suffered a 3-1 defeat to Orlando City FC on Saturday, and with Inter Miami traveling with just 18 players, this was an opportunity for the team to pick up valuable points.
With the Red Bulls in control via their high press right from kickoff, it wouldn’t be long before they started creating scoring chances. Tom Barlow nearly put the Red Bulls on the scoreboard when Blaise Matudi cleared his header off the line in the 18th minute.
Just six minutes later, Barlow would have yet another chance to put the home side ahead, but his scoring chance would be denied again, this time by goalkeeper John McCarthy. Despite the Red Bulls outshooting Inter Miami 9-5, neither team after the first 45 minutes.