The three Argentines are some of the confirmed cases of Covid-19 and will miss the playoff game against Nashville SC, the most important in the short history of the club owned by the English David Beckham.
The news in Miami is not good. In the run-up to their debut in the Major Soccer League playoffs, brothers Gonzalo and Federico Higuaín -together with Argentine defender- Leandro González Pirez tested positive for coronavirus and may not be present at the game against Nashville SC, for the reduced qualifier, according to local media.
“A source from the league said that the three players are Gonzalo Higuaín, his brother Federico Higuaín and Leandro González Pirez. Gonzalo Higuaín and González Pirez are starters. The club did not want to confirm the names.” explained the American media Miami Herald.
The PipitaDespite his bad start with only one goal in nine games, he is the starter and the main reference of the young team of Major League Soccer (MLS). His experience in teams like Real Madrid and Juventus led him to become captain of the team. On the side of González Pirez he played 16 games and is part of the starting defense, sharing the central defense with the Argentine former Independiente, Nicolás Figal. As for Federico, he is not part of the starting 11, but he has entered 11 times, without scoring a goal so far.
In addition, two other players from David Beckham’s team suffer from coronavirus in the southern United States, which is going through the second wave of Covid-19 and that It has already exceeded 190 thousand infections in one day, thus setting a new world record, as announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Uruguayan coach, Diego Alonso, referred to the match at a press conference and said: “I feel like it’s a great challenge, we are very happy to be in the playoffs. We have worked very hard during this time to get here and we have a great opportunity to continue fighting for our dreams. “
Likewise, the Technical Director communicated the situation of Rodolfo Pizarro, one of his best players, summoned by Gerardo Martino for the Mexico national team: “With Rodolfo we have the news that he can participate this Friday. “This was possible because MLS provided him with a direct charter flight following his engagements in Austria where his selection faced South Korea and Japan resulting victorious of both parties.
Finally, Alonso confirmed the presence of Figal and Break Shea after recovering from their respective injuries: “Regarding Break Shea and Nico, they are both available for this match. It is great news, so we are happy to have both of them.”
Inter finished tenth in the Eastern Conference, while Nashville finished seventh. Both teams will meet for the third time this season and the Miami team will seek their first victory as they lost 1-0 in the first match and drew 0-0 in the second.
In the case of qualifying, Inter Miami will face Philadelphia in the round of 16.