Rodolfo Pizarro scored twice as Inter Miami CF looked like the team they’ve aspired to be since joining MLS as an expansion team last year, defeating Toronto FC 3-1 at DRV PNK Stadium on Saturday night.
Miami picked up a pivotal three points in their pursuit of a playoff spot, as a pair of spectacular goals from Pizarro and one from Robbie Robinson would be the difference in this one. Phil Neville's side have now picked up points in six out of their last seven matches, while Toronto saw their winless streak extended to six games.
The home side would come out firing right from the jump. Making his second start in goal for Toronto FC in as many games, Quentin Westberg made a big stop to keep the match level in the 14th minute, denying Pizarro with a kick save from point-blank range. But the Mexican international got his goal seconds later, cutting past Toronto FC defender Luke Singh before calmly slotting home to give Inter Miami the early 1-0 lead.
Ten minutes later, Inter Miami doubled their advantage through Robinson. The 22-year-old American gathered a beautiful through ball from Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, easing past Omar Gonzalez with a silky move before lifting it over the TFC keeper for a 2-0 lead in the 35th minute.
The game could have been put to bed near the end of the first half when Pizarro once again found himself in one-on-one with Westberg. The TFC keeper, however, would be up to the task, making himself big to deny Pizarro of his second marker of the opening half. While Westberg did well then, there wasn't much he could do on Pizarro's second tally of the night. Shortly after the start of the second half, the Inter Miami Designated Player once again got in behind, this time delicately chipping his effort over a helpless Westberg to make it 3-0 in the 48th minute.
An own goal from Kieran Gibbs in the 62nd minute was the only blemish on an otherwise cerebral evening for Inter Miami, who despite recent success, have only managed to keep a clean sheet on one occasion this season.