Inter Miami CF (10W-5D-15L, 35 points) earned a 3-0 victory over Toronto FC in its return to DRV PNK Stadium on Wednesday night after four matches on the road. The scoreline marked the largest margin of victory in Inter Miami history thanks to goals from Heineken Man of the Match Federico Higuaín, Christian Makoun and a Toronto own goal off of a Lewis Morgan header.

Lineup Notes

Inter Miami made three changes to the starting lineup from its previous match; Brek Shea, Jay Chapman, and Federico Higuaín returned to the XI in place of Sami Guediri, Blaise Matuidi and Robbie Robinson. The start marked the older Higuaín brother’s first since late July and his fifth of the season. Chapman, meanwhile, once again got the starting nod against his former team.

Match Action

It was the hosts who started on the front foot, seemingly scoring a goal within two minutes as Chapman slipped a pass into the box for Federico Higuaín, who dinked a shot past the keeper, but the goal was disallowed as he was offside. The move, however, was a sign of things to come.

In the 10th minute, Federico Higuaín pressed Toronto high up the field and won possession, intercepting a pass from Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono in the box before firing his shot into the back of the net for the early 1-0 lead. The goal was the midfielder’s second of the season.

The team continued to push for more following its opening goal and eventually capitalizing on an opportunity just before halftime. In the 43rd minute, Gonzalo Higuaín stepped up to take a free kick from outside of the box and stung a powerful attempt off the hands of the keeper for a corner. Moments later, after an initial corner, Gonzalo Higuaín stepped up for another opportunity to deliver a corner into the box, whipping a ball across the face of goal that eventually fell to Christian Makoun at the far post. The defender deftly controlled the ball and struck a precise low shot inside the post and past the keeper to extend the lead to 2-0. The goal was Makoun’s second of the campaign, with the first also coming against Toronto, and the assist was Gonzalo Higuaín’s team-leading sixth. The goal was the final one before the halftime whistle as Inter Miami entered the break with a two-goal lead.

The hosts continued to assert themselves in the second half, striking again in the 61st minute. Just prior to the goal, a corner from Federico Higuaín found Makoun again at the far post, who connected with his right foot and struck a shot that drew a reaction save from Bono. The elder Higuaín once again took the ensuing corner, finding Lewis Morgan at the near post, who flicked a header that deflected off of a Toronto defender and found the back of the net to make it 3-0.

Despite continued attacking threat, the scoreline settled at 3-0, resulting in three points at home for Inter Miami in its return to DRV PNK Stadium.

Heineken Man of the Match

Federico Higuaín was voted Heineken Man of the Match in his first start since July following his standout performance and early goal.

Post-Match Reaction

"Ultimately we want to win every game. We want to build momentum to win the next game. Hopefully, we can have that over the next week," said head coach Phil Neville. "We now look forward to playing in front of our unbelievable supporters. We just gotta make sure we go on a run now."


DRVPNK Night Presented by AutoNation

Tonight, Inter Miami CF also hosted DRVPNK Night presented by AutoNation to help drive out cancer. Fans were encouraged to wear pink to the game and the first 12,000 fans received a free pink rally towel. In addition, fans were able to purchase raffle tickets for an opportunity to win full-team signed merchandise to raise additional funds for breast cancer research. Furthermore, for every PINK item purchased at the team stores throughout the stadium, 10% of all proceeds will be donated back to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

In the Fan Zone presented by Baptist Health, fans were able to participate in the Ribbons of Love activity, write letters to patients battling cancer via the DRVPNK Across America letter campaign and more activities. Baptist Health also brought its Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Truck to the Fan Zone, featuring a dynamic 3D display, showcasing numerous facts to educate fans on Breast Cancer screenings, care and prevention. Lastly, four-Time INDY500 Champion and AutoNation’s DRVPNK Team-NTT INDYCAR SERIES® Driver Helio Castroneves was present at DRV PNK Stadium during special on-field presentations.

DRVPNK Night Presented by AutoNation

Next Match

Inter Miami will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. ET when it hosts FC Cincinnati at DRV PNK Stadium for its second-to-last home match of the regular season.

Tickets to Saturday's match are available here.