FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Inter Miami didn’t need their world-class striker to dispose of Sporting Kansas City.
Sporting KC lost 3-2 on the road to Miami, which was without Lionel Messi, who is with the Argentina national team.
Dániel Sallói started the scoring with a goal off a Felipe Gutiérrez shot that bounced off Miami goalkeeper Drake Callender’s hands in the ninth minute.
A foul from Sporting goalkeeper Tim Melia gave Miami a penalty, which Leo Campana shot home to tie the match in the 29th minute.
Just before the half, defender DeAndre Yedlin danced open, shot a cross to Campana, and sent a header past Melia for a 2-1 lead.
In the second half, Miami caught Sporting unprepared. While Andreu Fontàs was arguing a handball foul with the ref, Miami’s Sergio Busquets took the ball from his hands, quickly reset the ball and sent a deep pass to Facundo Farías, who got the third score of the match for Miami.
Alan Pulido pulled Sporting within one goal with a goal in the 78th minute with an assist from midfielder Erik Thommy.
Sporting created several chances in the box towards the end of the match and got a spark from attacker Willy Agada when he subbed in the 71st minute.
Sporting had more shots (15-10) and created more chances (11-8) than Miami.
With six matches left on the schedule, SKC remains two points outside of a playoff spot. Sporting continues their road trip, facing Minnesota United on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.