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Framed #185: DC United v Inter Miami

David Beckham’s new MLS franchise, Inter Miami didn’t get off to the dream start that the former England skipper would’ve been hoping for in their 2020 season opener against LAFC, so could things get any better for their second fixture? We headed to Audi Field to find out, as Inter Miami stayed on the road for their match against a Wayne Rooney-less DC United.

Inter Miami’s match against LAFC showed some promising signs for the future for the new MLS club. They restricted last season’s Supporter’s Shield champions to just the one goal for starters – no mean feat with the prolific Carlos Vela up front. But DC United were an entirely different proposition. Missing their talisman from last season, Wayne Rooney, they had also lost their opening fixture against Colorado, and were looking for their first three points of the season.

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Things got off to an amazing start for Miami, with Rodolfo Pizarro writing himself into the club’s history books as the first player to score a Major League Soccer goal, smashing Lewis Morgan’s cut back home, much to the joy of the travelling support and the despair of the home crowd. But those emotions were to be short lived, with the game getting turned on its head shortly after the break.

A disallowed goal from Morgan was followed by a red card for teammate Roman Torres. Shortly after that DC United had equalised from the spot through Yamil Asad, and then the home side had the lead when Frédéric Brillant scored on the rebound to complete a stunning sequence of events that took the wind entirely out of Miami’s sails. Cruel, but that's football.

First goal scored, but still on the hunt for the first win for Miami. DC United, on the other hand, are up and running.

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Photography by Inter Miami.

Daniel Jones

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