CHARLESTON, S.C. – Inter Miami CF opened the Breeze Airways Carolina Challenge Cup with a 1-1 draw against the Columbus Crew at Patriots Point Soccer Stadium in Charleston, South Carolina. Ariel Lassiter, who came on in the second half, scored the team’s goal after an assist from Gonzalo Higuaín, earning a point in its first of three matches at the tournament for Inter Miami.
“There were a lot of really, really strong positives in my opinion. I think defensively we were very solid throughout the majority of the match. I think towards the end of it, you saw after so many changes and we had so many different people in different positions, we saw a little bit of chaos and that’s what led to allowing the goal that ultimately equalized the game,” said assistant coach Jason Kreis. “Ultimately the results are not the most important thing, the performance is and there’s just a lot of positives to draw out of that.”Inter Miami took to the field against Columbus with a starting XI full of new faces. Clément Diop started in goal; DeAndre Yedlin, Ian Fray, Damion Lowe, Christopher McVey and Noah Allen formed the team’s backline; Jean Mota, Victor Ulloa and Gregore started in midfield; Leonardo Campana and Higuaín led the frontline. The match marked the first start of the preseason, and in Inter Miami colors, for new signings Campana and Yedlin, as well as Academy product Allen.
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