Heron Talk by Gallagher
Inter Miami returns to the road this week as it aims to continue its upward momentum on Friday, Aug. 27 against Orlando City.
Head coach Phil Neville reflected upon the previous match-up between the clubs, remembering the team's strong performance in that game, and is hoping to repeat another positive performance facing the Lions later this week.
“We had to be at our absolute very best to get a point from that game so we're under no illusions [about] the difficulty in this fixture, but it's also one where we know there's a lot of pride and a lot of things at stake for our supporters, so we want to make sure that we play at our absolute maximum, keep the levels that we've done particularly in our home games,” said Neville.
Neville attributed a significant part of the team’s success to the supporters, expecting them to be an integral part of the team’s performance against Orlando.
“Probably the most vivid recollection is the supporters that we had at the game last time, how much it means to them. So, we want to put on a show for them. We want to show them the fight, the spirit of togetherness that we show, and I want the same type of performance in what we did in Orlando, I thought we were outstanding. And if we do that, then we'll have a great chance of getting a good result, then points on Friday,” said Neville.
That attitude was shared by defender Leandro González Pirez, who was named to the MLS Team of the Week after his stellar performance against Toronto on Saturday, registering two assists.
“Well that’s been important for us. We see them, we feel them all the time in the field. Obviously when we play at home it’s massive. But obviously when we go away, they go with us too. It’s important that they will be there in Orlando supporting us. When we start the game we say we play for us, we play for the team, and we also play for the fans,” said González Pirez.
Lastly, LGP emphasized the importance of team unity and confidence, two values he believes have been reflected in the team’s recent games.
“We’re much better as a team now, much more united on and off the pitch, and it shows...We’re taking it step by step. The idea is to try to keep growing and setting short-term goals that we can meet so the team continues to improve,” concluded LGP.