Suárez brace as sub gives Messi-less Miami win over D.C.


Luis Suarez scores 2 off the bench to secure win for Inter Miami

Substitute Luis Suarez scores twice to give a Lionel Messi-less Inter Miami a 3-1 victory at D.C. United.

Luis Suárez scored twice as a substitute in the second half to help Inter Miami overcome the absence of star Lionel Messi in a 3-1 victory over D.C. United on Saturday in Washington.

Leonardo Campana collected a goal and an assist for Inter Miami (3-1-1, 10 points), who played their second straight MLS match without Messi.

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The eight-time Ballon d'Or winner sat out last weekend's 3-2 loss to CF Montreal for rest purposes before sustaining a muscle injury in his right leg during Miami's 3-1 victory over Nashville SC on Wednesday in a Concacaf Champions Cup match.

Jared Stroud scored in the 14th minute for D.C. United (1-1-2, 5 points).

Luis Suárez continued to impress in his debut season for Inter Miami with two goals against D.C. United.
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D.C. was denied from close range at one end before Miami went on the attack to take the lead. Campana fed Suárez for a conversion from in close to give their side a 2-1 lead in the 72nd minute, just 10 minutes after the Uruguayan entered the game.

Suárez provided insurance just 13 minutes later after lofting a ball that deflected off Bono's fingertips before settling just over the goal line. The goal was his fourth of the season in MLS action and sixth in his last five games in all competitions.

D.C. benefited from crisp passing to open the scoring in the 14th minute. Stroud, who was stationed between Miami's Noah Allen and Nicolas Freire, got in behind the duo and unleashed a blast that sailed past Callender for his first goal of the season.

Campana answered 10 minutes later after initially being denied from close range on a header. The Ecuadorean striker benefited from defender Federico Redondo keeping the ball in play while on his back before providing a proper finish with a left-footed shot from the center of the box. The goal was Campana's second in as many MLS matches.

Information from Reuters contributed to this report.