DC United routs Miami behind brace from Ola Kamara

May 29, 2021; Fort Lauderdale, FL, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA; D.C. United forward Ola Kamara (9) celebrates with midfielder Russell Canouse (6) and forward Adrien Perez (16) after scoring a goal against Inter Miami CF during the first half at DRV PKN Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Ola Kamara scored a goal in each half to lead D.C. United to a 3-0 victory over Inter Miami on Saturday night in Fort Lauderdale.

Paul Arriola also had a goal and an assist to help D.C. (3-5-0, 9 points) bounce back following back-to-back defeats against Orlando City and Philadelphia.

D.C. United’s three goals were a season-high and the first time it scored multiple goals in a match since its season opener on April 17.

Inter Miami (2-4-2, 8 points) hosted a capacity crowd of 15,945 for the first time in the franchise’s two-year history but fell to 0-3-1 at home this season. The Herons have lost two consecutive matches and allowed 13 goals in eight matches this season.

Kamara scored twice in a match for the first time since Aug. 31, 2019, and has three goals this season for injury-ravaged D.C., which again played without several regulars.

Kamara’s first goal came in the 15th minute after Russell Canouse surged into the box and stole the ball, then back-heeled it to Kamara allowing him to take a solid shot on goal.

Arriola extended D.C.’s lead in the 21st minute when he took a cross from Adrien Perez and fired it off the far post and into the goal for his first of the season.

Kamara’s header off a long cross from Arriola in front of the goal accounted for D.C.’s third goal in the 71st minute.

Miami didn’t record its first shot on goal until the 64th minute when Nicolas Figal controlled a corner kick and fired it on target, forcing a kick save from D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid, who recorded three saves and a shutout in his first MLS match since Nov. 8, 2020.

Inter Miami midfielder Francisco Pizarro (hip flexor) did not play.

The two teams will meet again following the league’s international break on June 19 in Washington.

–Field Level Media