MATCH PREVIEW: Inter Miami CF to Face NYCFC in Round One of the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs on Monday

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Inter Miami CF is ready to get the Club’s second playoffs campaign in its three years of history started, with the team set to take on reigning MLS champions New York City FC on the road in Round One of the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs on Monday, Oct. 17. The matchup at Citi Field will kickoff at 7 p.m. ET.


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Where to Watch

The match will be broadcast nationally on FS1 and FOX Deportes. Fans worldwide can follow live updates including video highlights and stats on the club’s App. Download and Register your Profile here:

Official Playoff Watch Parties

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Inter Miami will hold a pair of official watch party events for fans to enjoy the team's playoff match. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. ET at both locations 90 minutes ahead of kickoff.

Get there early to secure your spot as space is limited and entry will be on a first come, first served basis.

La Tropical in Miami
Address: 42 NE 25th St. Wynwood, Miami, FL 33137

Mickey Byrne’s in Fort Lauderdale
Address: 1921 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL 33020

Fans over 21 in attendance at both locations will be eligible for giveaways and drink specials.

The first 100 fans to arrive at La Tropical will receive their first beer on us. In addition, all fans in attendance will receive 20 percent off ALL merchandise.

Meanwhile, at Mickey Byrne’s in Fort Lauderdale, Heineken and La Tropical will be on special for Inter Miami fans.

Last Match and 2022 Regular Season Overview

Inter Miami most recently fell 1-3 against CF Montréal in the team’s final 2022 MLS regular season match on Sunday, Oct 9. Overall, Inter Miami finished the regular season seeded sixth in the Eastern Conference with a total 48 points from 14 wins, 14 losses and six draws in 34 games.

Inter Miami 2022 Regular Season Leaders

The team’s top scorers in the regular season were forwards Gonzalo Higuaín with 16 and Leonardo Campana with 11. Midfielder Bryce Duke, meanwhile, finished the regular season as the top assist provider, with seven.

Inter Miami Year-End Awards Finalists


Drake Callender and Higuaín earned nominations as finalists for their respective categories for the MLS year-end awards thanks to stellar regular seasons performances. Callender has been nominated as one of three finalists for Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, along with Philadelphia Union’s Andre Blake and New England Revolution’s Djordje Petrovic. Higuaín, meanwhile, was nominated as one of three finalists for MLS Comeback Player of the Year, alongside San Jose Earthquakes’ Jeremy Ebobisse and CF Montréal’s Kei Kamara.

Read the full details HERE.

Additionally, one of Higuaín’s 16 goals was chosen as a finalist for AT&T 5G 2022 MLS Goal of the Year. The goal came when the striker stepped up to take the free kick against the New York red Bulls, replicating his first-ever Inter Miami goal, and blasting a free kick into the top corner of the net at Red Bull Arena.

Campana also netted a goal worthy of a place among the finalists for the award. The Ecuardorian’s signature moment came just 35 seconds into the team’s playoff clinching win over Orlando City, when he sped past opposition center backs to a loose ball before chipping a perfectly weighted first-time effort over the keeper and into the back of the net from long distance. The goal also set a new team record for earliest goal scored by Inter Miami in a match.

Callender also earned a place among the Save of the Year presented by Allstate candidates with a match-winning save against the Columbus Crew. The young goalkeeper made the save in the 94th minute of a tight contest against the Crew in September, rapidly shifting back against his own momentum to leap and push away a potential redirected last-second equalizer for the visitors.

Third 2022 Matchup Against NYCFC

Inter Miami will now face Eastern Conference third seed New York City FC on the road in Round One of the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs. Monday’s matchup will see Inter Miami and NYCFC clash for the third time this year, as the teams faced each other twice in the 2022 regular season, with a win a piece. Last time out, Inter Miami earned a 3-2 win at home over the New York-based side on Aug. 13 with a brace by midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo and another strike from winger Ariel Lassiter. The goals in the match boosted Pozuelo's stellar record against NYCFC, as he's registered nine goals and five assists in 12 matches across all competitions against NYCFC.

Higuaín's Last Dance

Higuaín will be looking to pick up where he left off after finishing the regular season - the last one in his illustrious career - in scintillating form. He registered 14 goals and two assists in the last 16 regular season fixtures (from July 13 to Oct. 9) to guide Inter Miami to an Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs berth. Overall, he scored 16 goals and dished out three assists in the 2022 regular season.

Scouting New York City FC

New York City FC, meanwhile, concluded the 2022 regular season seeded third in the Eastern Conference with a total 55 points and an overall record of 16 wins, 11 losses and seven draws. Brazilian forward Talles Magno was the team’s leader throughout the regular season, tallying seven goals and 10 assists.