FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Florida Sports Wire) – Orlando City SC saw its Leagues Cup 2023 play come to an end, falling 3-1 to intrastate rival Inter Miami CF on Wednesday night at DRV PNK Stadium. With that, the Lions will see 17 days before their next match, traveling to face Chicago Fire FC on Aug. 20 when the team resumes MLS regular season play.After falling down 1-0 early in the game, the visitors responded with a goal through midfielder César Araújo, his second across all competitions. However, after entering the locker room tied at 1-1, the Herons found two goals in the second half, including a controversial penalty kick goal that proved to be the game-winner. The rivalry match was slated to kick off at 8 p.m. ET, however faced a lengthy weather delay during warmups, with the ball eventually rolling at 9:35 p.m. ET. Miami struck first, just seven minutes into the game, as Robert Taylor carried the ball just outside the top right corner of the Lions’ box before lobbing it behind the line for Lionel Messi who slid it home for the opener. The Lions equalized 10 minutes later off a corner kick won from a Mauricio Pereyra free kick. Pereyra played the corner low to Iván Angulo for a shot on goal. Miami’s Drake Callender stopped the shot, but the rebound Araújo who fired home the equalizer. Miami took the lead back shortly into the second half after a controversial penalty call, which did not receive a VAR review. Miami forward Josef Martínez stepped up, stutter-stepped and hit it low to Pedro Gallese’s right for the goal. Miami extended their lead in the 72nd minute with a cross that found its way to Martínez at the far post, where the goal scorer turned provider for Messi. Martínez chipped the ball back to Messi just outside the six-yard box and fired it home for his second of the night.
The Lions will face a 17-day break from play before resuming the MLS regular season with a match at Chicago Fire FC on Sunday, Aug. 20. That match will kickoff at 8:30 p.m. ET from Soldier Field on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.
- César Araújo scored his first goal of Leagues Cup 2023 and his second of the year across all competitions.
- Wednesday marked the first Leagues Cup match between the two sides, and second of three meetings this season, with Orlando taking the first regular season meeting in Ft. Lauderdale by a 3-1 scoreline on May 20.
- Head Coach Oscar Pareja made no changes to his starting lineup since his side’s last match against Santos Laguna.