Inter Miami CF registered their first multi-goal game since August 21, comfortably defeating Toronto FC 3-0 at DRV PNK Stadium on Wednesday night to keep their slim Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoff hopes alive.
The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for Miami, as they inch closer to a playoff position with only four games remaining. As it stands, Phil Neville's side are six points out of the seventh-and-final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference. Toronto FC, meanwhile, drop their second consecutive match – and 17th game this season – after a run of five games unbeaten prior to the international break.
Inter Miami got off to a quick start thanks to a play Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono will surely want to have back. In possession as the last player back, the 27-year-old's pass was picked off by Federico Higuaín and fired into the open net to make it 1-0 for the home side just 10 minutes in.
Before halftime, Miami – who entered Wednesday night's match having scored just one goal in their last six games – doubled their lead. A corner whipped in by Gonzalo Higuaín skipped all the way through to Christian Makoun, who took a touch before rifling a left-footed shot past Bono to make it 2-0. The goal was the center back's second of the season and both markers have come against Toronto FC.
The hosts added to their lead in the 61st minute. Another corner, this time taken by Federico Higuaín, found Lewis Morgan, and his header deflected off TFC defender Eriq Zavaleta and in for an own-goal, making it 3-0 Miami, putting this match to bed.
The victory was Miami's third in as many games over Toronto FC this season, outscoring the Reds 7-1.