It’s been a tough run of form for Inter Miami II as the Herons’ MLS Next Pro side sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
Fortunately, they have a chance to reverse their fortunes Sunday night with a trip to FC Cincinnati II.
The Herons and Garys will kick off at 6 p.m. and the match will be streamed live on mlsnextpro.com.
Here’s a brief scouting report ahead of the match.
No Better Way to Snap a Streak
While it’s true Inter Miami II has struggled this season and is coming off a 2-0 loss to New England Revolution II, traveling to Cincinnati may be just what the doctor ordered.
The Herons are 3-0-1 all-time against FC Cincinnati, including a 3-1 win on June 8 at DRV PNK Stadium.
Inter Miami picked up goals from Lucas Meek in the first half and Bryan Destin and Lawson Sunderland in the second half to pick up the win.
The problem for the Herons is that they are 1-7-0 away from home in league play this season and have managed just four goals away from Ft. Lauderdale.
Challenges on Both Sides of the Ball for Inter Miami II
The Herons are 4-11-2 this season and hold a goal differential of minus-18. They’ve allowed 2.3 goals per game, so it’s safe to say the defense is a bit leaky.
But the struggles don’t stop there.
Inter Miami II hasn’t scored a goal since Sunderland found the back of the net in a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC back on June 11.
Meek leads Inter Miami II with four goals this season, but he hasn’t scored in the last nine matches.
In fact, the Herons are scoreless in nine of the 17 matches they’ve played this season.
Scouting FC Cincinnati II
While the Garys first team sits atop Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, FC Cincinnati II has nowhere near that form.
They are in 11th in the Eastern Conference — just two places above Inter Miami II.
Their defense isn’t much better than Inter’s with a goal differential of minus-11 and just 26 goals in 16 matches.
FC Cincinnati’s leading scorer is Arquimides Ordonez with six goals while Ryder Mills and Benjamin Stitz have each tallied four goals this season.
The Garys have a bit to play for Sunday as a win over Inter Miami II would bring them within striking distance of Atlanta United II … who hold the last playoff spot for the Eastern Conference.