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Inter Miami appreciate baby steps as they host CF Montreal

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Inter Miami CF hope to build off their most recent match when they host CF Montreal on Saturday.

Miami (2-8-3, nine points) ended a six-game losing streak on Sunday with a 1-1 draw against the Philadelphia Union. It marked just the second time this season that Miami has earned points on its home pitch, where it has yet to win in seven matches (0-5-2).

Robbie Robinson scored, becoming the first Miami player not named Gonzalo Higuain to find the back of the net in MLS action since Brek Shea tallied on May 16.

“I think the feeling from the weekend’s game is that we are a lot more positive than we were in the previous month,” head coach Phil Neville said. “And we’ve seen it as a little bit of a baby step forward in terms of the attitude and performance. Ultimately, it’s always a small brick laid in the foundation and we need to keep building on that.”

Getting the offense going will be key for a Miami side that has scored a league-low 10 goals in 13 matches. The club sits in last place in the Eastern Conference and is 0-3-0 in its MLS matches against Montreal. Two of those have come this season — both by shutout.

Montreal (6-5-4, 22 points) is looking to bounce back after falling 2-1 to the New England Revolution on Sunday. The club has lost two straight after a six-game unbeaten run.

And while they’ve enjoyed success against Miami, head coach Wilfried Nancy isn’t taking anything for granted and is making sure his squad follows suit.

“We’ve won twice (this season) against Miami,” Nancy said. “For sure they’ll want to beat us. And at the same time … the players might think it’ll be an easy game but I warned them. I told them, simply, no. It’s going to be a tough match. I watched their last match against Philadelphia, and they’re improving. It’s a trap game, so I warned the players about that.”

Defender Kiki Struna will be available to Montreal after missing the past three matches. Defender Kamal Miller and midfielder Samuel Piette will be given a rest after their Gold Cup journey ended Thursday, while forward Romell Quioto is sidelined due to an injury suffered at the tournament.

–Field Level Media

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