Inter Miami off to Rocky Start in MLS Expansion Season
By Space Coast Daily // March 15, 2020
It was never going to be easy for Major League Soccer new boys Inter Miami. The David Beckham co-owned soccer club and its fans had high hopes going into the new season.
However, two losses from their first two matches of the season was unexpected even by the most cynical soccer fan. Manager Diego Alonso’s team is now preparing for a massive clash with Beckham’s former club the LA Galaxy.
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The Herons maybe off to a rocky start in the league, but there have been some positive signs on the pitch. Alonso will hope he can iron out the issues that Inter Miami have and snatch a victory against the Galaxy in the team’s first home fixture.
Two games, two losses
Inter Miami fell for the second time in as many matches last weekend to Eastern Conference rivals DC United. The Herons led early through designated player Rodolfo Pizarro, who tallied the club’s first ever goal in MLS play.
Despite leading early against DC United, Inter Miami was unable to hold onto the lead in the second half. Center-back Roman Torres’ 54th-minute red card changed the complexion of the game giving DC United the numerical advantage and momentum.
The Herons tallied just 45% possession and five shots on target. The most disappointing stat of the game for Inter Miami is the three shots DC United put on target.
The team’s 35-year-old goalkeeper Luis Robles may not have faced many shots to save, but he must do better to stop those that come at home if Inter Miami are to have a successful season.
A star in the making
Pizarro was certainly the highlight of the game for Inter Miami. The midfielder was fantastic and the perfect No. 10 for the club to build around.
Although rumors abound that Inter Miami is interesting in signing Manchester City’s David Silva in the summer, adding the Spaniard would neutralize Pizarro as the team’s playmaker.
Inter Miami has some promising pieces on the pitch but adding quality to augment what is already at the club is the most important task the manager has going forward.
Alonso deployed Pizarro on the left side of a front three. The No. 10 completed 83% of his passes, made two key passes, completed three tackles and five dribbles, according to WhoScored.com’s stats. It was a brilliant individual day for the Mexican international.
Pizarro does need more players that are up to his level in an Inter Miami shirt, however. Alonso deployed 21-year-old rookie striker Robbie Robinson in the Inter Miami attack.
The gulf in quality was apparent between the two teammates. Although Robinson has potential, he isn’t to the level of a player such as Pizarro who has played internationally for Mexico and won CONCACAF Champions League trophies previously with club teams in Mexico.
The Mexican international is the player Inter Miami need to build around but with MLS’s restrictive salaries, it could be one or two seasons before the squad can be upgraded to compete for an MLS Cup.
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