Despite solid performances to open its second MLS season, Inter Miami is still seeking its first victory at home as it prepares to face CF Montreal on Wednesday night in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Both squads enter the match tied in the standings, but trending in opposite directions.
Inter Miami (1-1-2, 5 points) is on a three-match unbeaten streak thanks to the heroics of Lewis Morgan, whose goal in the 77th minute on Sunday salvaged a 1-1 draw against Atlanta United.
Since a season-opening victory against Toronto FC, Montreal (1-1-2, 5 points) has failed to win in three consecutive matches and hasn't scored in its past two. The Impact dropped their most recent match last Saturday at Vancouver 2-0.
Montreal, which defeated Miami 2-1 last season in the lone meeting so far between the clubs, has struggled to find a rhythm on attack since its opening match and couldn't find the mark against Vancouver despite controlling possession for 60.6 percent of the match.
Montreal forward Mason Toye has two goals so far, but has missed two games with a thigh injury, and forward Luis Binks remains out as well.
"It's not about Mason or Bjorn (Johnsen) or all the forwards," Montreal coach Wilfried Nancy said. "It's about the fact the players who are in front of the net should be able to finish the action. Yes, we're struggling a bit for the moment, but I stay confident."
Gonzalo Higuain continues to be a pacesetter for Inter Miami with two goals in three appearances so far. But Miami has failed to gain the upper hand in terms of possession in its first four matches despite the results.
"We want to be a high-possession team, but sometimes the game doesn't play out like that," Morgan said. "That's not to say we're accepting we're not going to have most of the ball. Of course we want to be the team that dictates play. We're still learning as a team."
Inter Miami's injuries continued to pile up after losing midfielder Blaise Matuidi after only 14 minutes against Atlanta. Nico Figal, Robbie Robinson, Kelvin Leerdam and Julian Carranza did not play in that match.
--Field Level Media