Orlando City vs Inter Miami CF Live

Not since 2001 with the Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny has there been a competitive intra-Florida match in Major League Soccer.

Orlando City SC and expansion side Inter Miami CF will face off to kick off the MLS is Back Tournament (8 pm ET | ESPN, ESPN Deportes, TSN, TVAS). Expectations are high for the game, not just because it’ll be the first MLS match in four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but because it just may be the inaugural match of a long-time rivalry.

Not since 2001 with the Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny has there been a competitive intra-Florida match in Major League Soccer.

Orlando City SC and expansion side Inter Miami CF will face off to kick off the MLS is Back Tournament (8 pm ET | ESPN, ESPN Deportes, TSN, TVAS). Expectations are high for the game, not just because it’ll be the first MLS match in four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but because it just may be the inaugural match of a long-time rivalry.

“It’s definitely a rivalry between the fans and that’s how all rivalry starts,” Orlando forward Tesho Akindele told MLSsoccer.com via phone. “As soon as we step on the field with them, we’ll feel it. Then the more we play against them, the rivalry will build.”

The feeling is mutual on the part of an Inter Miami team looking to make a mark in its first season in MLS.

“Part of the reason I came to this organization, I wanted to be part of history,” Inter Miami captain and goalkeeper Luis Robles said. “I wanted to be part of something special. To have an opportunity to help lead the team out on the field to not only hope to lead the team to our first ever win, but hopefully our first win against our rivals Orlando City.”

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