Inter Miami scrimmaging Toronto FC ahead of return to play

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Inter Miami CF will return to gameplay next week, and they’ll get the opportunity to shake the rust off this weekend after the multi-week break from matches.

Miami is scheduled to play a closed-door scrimmage against Toronto FC on Saturday in Orlando, an Inter Miami spokesperson confirmed to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Fans won’t be allowed to attend the scrimmage and there won’t be media or club coverage from the matchup.

Toronto FC have been training and playing home games in Orlando to start the 2021 season due to the travel restrictions between Canada and the U.S. because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SBI Soccer first reported that Inter Miami were scheduled to scrimmage Toronto, with the report adding that midfielder Rodolfo Pizarro won’t be a part of Miami’s squad in the matchup since he’s yet to join the team for training after finishing his national-team obligations.

Pizarro trained with Mexico’s men’s national team while they prepared for their CONCACAF Nations League games while he nursing the hip flexor injury that forced him to miss Inter Miami’s last two games before MLS’s break from play.

Defender/midfielder Joevin Jones (Trinidad and Tobago) and defender Kelvin Leerdam (Suriname) were the two other Inter Miami players who were with their national teams during FIFA’s men’s international match window, with both of their squads competing in World Cup qualifiers.

Inter Miami have a 2-4-2 record through their first eight games of 2021 after losing three of their last four matches before the break started following their 3-0 loss to D.C. United on May 29 at DRV PNK Stadium.

Miami’s next game after the break will be against D.C. United on June 19 at Audi Field, with its next home game coming on June 25 versus in-state rival Orlando City.

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