A desperate Inter Miami will try to keep their postseason hopes alive when they host Toronto FC on Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
A six-game losing streak has dropped Inter (9-15-5, 32 points) to 11th place in the Eastern Conference, nine points below the playoff line. Even though only 10 points separate Miami from fifth place in the congested East, the Herons can't afford to slip up over their final five games.
Miami coach Phil Neville admitted that his team is "going to have to probably do something really, really special (to sneak into the playoffs, but) I think we've got a group that still believes they can do that.
"What we need to do is mathematically still possible. My mindset is that we can still do it. It has to be that mindset."
The Herons haven't scored in their past 386 minutes, and they have been outscored by a 16-1 margin during their six-game skid. The latest loss was a 4-0 rout at the hands of the Columbus Crew on Saturday.
Inter Miami's last victory was a 1-0 shutout at Toronto on Sept. 14. The Herons also collected a 3-1 home win over Toronto FC on Aug. 21.
Toronto (6-16-7, 25 points) was officially eliminated from postseason contention Saturday following a 2-0 home loss to Atlanta United. Both of Atlanta's goals were scored in stoppage time at the end of each half, handing Toronto FC another tough loss in a disappointing season.
Toronto FC will miss the playoffs for just the second time in the past seven seasons.
"We've got (five) league games left to go out there and show everyone that we're not going to accept our place in the standings," goalkeeper Alex Bono said. "We're not going to accept the product we put out this entire season, and we are going to keep ... showing these fans that we're hungry and this is not a place this club wants to be."
Nicolas Figal (calf) and Victor Ulloa (thigh) are questionable for Miami, though Ulloa returned to training last week.
Ifunanyachi Achara (lower body) and Auro Jr. (red card) won't be available for Toronto on Wednesday.
--Field Level Media