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Game 2 of this K-League under 17 Tournament. After a historic win – the first-ever by players wearing Inter Miami’s jersey – The youth team had to confirm, and get closer to the final, next Tuesday.
Youth Coach Jason Kreis decided to keep his 4-3-3 formation, after the solid win versus the Ansar Greeners (2-0). Surprisingly, Alexander Lozano is not starting the game.
The club’s best striker in history was sitting on the bench, and it was not the only change since Kreis decided to launch young Ralph Moreno at the Goalkeeper position, despite Uribe keeping a clean sheet on game 1.
We clearly see Jason Kreis’s intent to test the widest possible array of players during this first official tournament. The clear win on game 1 gave some leverage to launch more players.
In defense, Solid defender and game 1 goal assist Fabrizio Cubbedu seems to be getting his place in the starting XI. Kai Thomas and Noah Allen apparently had a good enough entry during game 1 to justify a starter position in Bucknor, while Ian Fray was replaced in a midfielder position.
This 3 player midfield also revealed another possible key player in the person of Francisco Raggio, starting his second game in a row, after playing the full 90 minutes of game 1. He is wearing the Inter Miami CF captain band, and will certainly play a key role in the coming years.
Midfielder Nico Perreira seems to have made an impression during his late entry in game 1, since he started this match. The opposite can be said for Azcona and Torrealba who did not start the game.
The attacking trident was also changed as only Nico Diaz is left from game 1. Double striker Lozano and winger Cardenas are out, while Moises Cuartas and Brian Hernandez are in.
There isn’t much to say about the quality of the game, since the tournament has yet to air and the club has not communicated any video footage for the two games (show us the goals, even with a cellphone!).
What we know, as reported on the intermiamicf.com website, is that a player from Seoul E (who?) scored the first goal at the 18th minute, then, at the 20th minute, Nico Diaz – justifying his presence for his second game in a row – scored an equalizer, with an assist from team captain Raggio.
Raggio, told Inter Miami CF after the game: “It was a hard game with them being very compact in the back”
Second game and the team is still historically undefeated. We hope that the player’s performance gave more certitudes to Jason Kreis and that the team slides through the final with as many wins and goals as possible. Maybe they will even bring home the first trophy in Inter Miami CF’s history.
Game 3 will be on Thursday, August 15th, and even a draw would be enough to qualify the team to the final. We really hope for a win though.