Inter Miami CF will attempt to earn a result on behalf of Gonzalo and Federico Higuain, who could be away from the team Sunday after the death of their mother.
Inter Miami CF is set to visit Nashville SC in an afternoon matchup.
The brothers became the first siblings to score in the same MLS game last Saturday when they helped Miami (1-1-0, 3 points) earn a 2-1, come-from-behind victory at the Philadelphia Union.
Two days later, the team learned that Nancy Zacarias, the duo’s mother, had lost her battle with cancer.
“That was a massive shock to the whole squad,” said Miami manager Phil Neville of the team receiving the news. “The Higuains are so popular. They’re both leaders in the team. And that news really affected us all in the first 24 hours, 48 hours after the game. … We obviously send them our love and support and our prayers.”
Miami could also be without playmaker Rodolfo Pizarro, who returned to Mexico in order to obtain his green card, as well as Robbie Robinson (hamstring) and Julian Carranza (non-COVID illness).
There’s a chance the Higuains and Pizarro could return by Sunday, but Neville said the team is preparing to play without them.
That uncertainty adds a wrinkle into preparations for Nashville (0-0-2, 2 points), which is still without a victory two matches into a four-game homestand to start the season.
Either way, manager Gary Smith believes it will be a tougher task facing Miami than last year, when Nashville earned four points in two regular-season matches before completing a 3-0 victory in the play-in round of the MLS Cup playoffs.
“Omissions or no emissions, we’ll plan for what I believe to be a more organized and still an exciting Miami group,” Smith said. “Personally, I think they made some good additions to the group to improve that team. I know there were a lot of changes, but some of the guys that have come in have added some very good experience and depth to that group.”
Nashville has battled back from two goals down in both of its draws this season. Jhonder Cadiz has scored a goal in each match, and Randall Leal and Hany Mukhtar have a goal each.
–Field Level Media
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