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Carlos Vela, LAFC hand Inter Miami loss in MLS debut

Inter Miami CF v Los Angeles Football Club

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 01: Carlos Vela #10 of Los Angeles FC scores against Inter Miami CF, to take a 1-1 lead, during the first half at Banc of California Stadium on March 01, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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The game in 200 words (or less): Imagine taking on the league’s best team and best player in your much-anticipated league debut? That’s exactly what Inter Miami had to endure on Sunday, and, as expected, it didn’t go too well. With a genius chip goal from Carlos Vela - who is showing no signs of a MVP hangover, to be clear - minutes before halftime, LAFC edged Inter Miami 1-0 at Banc of California Stadium. Miami were flat for the majority of the 90 minutes in sunny Los Angeles. Rodolfo Pizarro was on the quieter side, recording only two shots on target on his MLS debut. That said, it’s too early to pin point any trends, but Diego Alonso may have to brace for the rest of the season sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, LAFC looked nearly as sharp as they did against Leon at home. A long season lies ahead for both teams, but there’s no doubt that LAFC spoiled Miami’s biggest night of them all.

Three moments that mattered

44′ – It is Vela’s league, everyone else is living in it — What a perfectly-calculated, delicate Left-footed chip from Vela. Trademark.

Luis Robles steps up big — Luis Robles might of gotten the Vela treatment, but he also did this on Sunday:

The first whistle, ever — Welcome to MLS, Inter Miami.

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Man of the match: Carlos Vela

Goalscorers: Vela (44′)

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