After drawing 2-2 in their first preseason match against Philadelphia Union, St. Louis CITY SC scored four unanswered goals against Inter Miami CF to claim their first win of the preseason. Indiana Vassilev, Lucas Bartlett (trialist), Samuel Adeniran and Célio Pompeu were on target for CITY SC. Ahead of the match both teams agreed to play two sixty-minute halves.
CITY SC’s high energy pressing proved to be a problem for Inter Miami in the early stages. After creating a few quality looks on goal, St. Louis CITY was rewarded in the 39th minute after Vassilev powered in a freekick from distance. Bartlett doubled CITY SC’s lead in the 64th minute after pouncing on a rebound following a corner kick. Adeniran added CITY SC’s third goal of the night in the 89th minute. Adeniran latched onto Isak Jensen’s pass in behind before dribbling past Inter Miami’s goalkeeper to pass the ball into the open net. Pompeu scored CITY SC’s fourth in the 105th minute, slotting home from the penalty spot to close out the match.
Fifteen-year-olds Caden Glover and Tyson Pearce both featured for CITY SC in the win. St. Louis CITY returns to St. Louis and trains in market from February 1st through the 5th before traveling to Palm Springs, California for the Second Annual Coachella Valley Invitational.
Ben Lundt, Jake Nerwinski (Akil Watts 23’), Tim Parker, Kyle Hiebert, John Nelson, Eduard Löwen, Indiana Vassilev, Tomáš Ostrák, Niko Gioacchini, Jared Stroud, João Klauss
Michael Creek, Akil Watts (Owen O’Malley 84’), Lucas Bartlett (Tyson Pearce 115’), Josh Yaro, Selmir Pidro, Miguel Perez, Aziel Jackson (Caden Glover 110’), Isak Jensen, Celio Pompeu, Rasmus Alm, Samuel Adeniran