Neither side managed to find a goal over 90 minutes, as Atlanta United and Inter Miami CF split the points in a 0-0 draw at Mercedez-Benz Stadium on Wednesday.
Cubo Torres had a good early chance for the Five Stripes and Nicolas Figal nearly got one for Miami in the first half, but neither managed to convert in a match that featured little by way of chances for either team.
Torres nearly opened the scoring for Atlanta 11 minutes into the contest, when Brooks Lennon sent in a pinpoint cross to the far post from the right flank, but the Mexican forward's attempt at a first-time finish sailed over the bar.
Miami had perhaps their best look of the first half in the 39th minute after Lewis Morgan sent in a dangerous ball in front of goal that just missed the head of Figal, who would have had a point-blank look on an open net.
Atlanta thought they may have had a penalty shout early in the second half when Ezequiel Barco teed up a shot from outside the area that appeared to go off the hand of Figal. Referee Guido Gonzales Jr. wouldn't oblige Atlanta's pleas, however, and allowed play to go on.
The visitors had another golden opportunity on a 56th minute corner kick that Victor Ulloa flicked on to Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, but the former Atlanta United man saw his shot go over the bar. Juan Agudelo also got close to a winner for Inter Miami just before the start of second-half stoppage time, but the veteran forward saw his headed attempt off a corner kick trickle just wide.
THE BIG PICTURE
: Fresh off the news that Designated Player Pity Martinez
has been transferred
to Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr FC, Atlanta looked short on ideas in the attack, never really putting together a sustained stretch of dangerous play. Inter Miami had arguably the better of the chances on the evening, but they, too, remain goal-starved in their expansion season.
- ATL: Saturday, Sept. 5 at Orlando City SC (8 pm ET | FOX in US; MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada)
- MIA: Sunday, Sept. 6 vs. Nashville SC (8 pm ET | FS1)