Inter Miami get themselves within one point of the playoff line with a 2-0 home victory over the New York Red Bulls.
With the most complete performance Miami has put on to date, Phil Neville’s men played with confidence on both sides of the pitch.
Led by an in-form Drake Callender, his saves gave Miami the confidence to push on.
With the Herons hitting their form at the right time, they’ll have to keep it consistent if they want a real shot at the playoffs.
Here are the player ratings from Inter Miami’s win vs the New York Red Bulls.
*Anything under a six is below average/poor. A six is average and or good. A seven through ten is great and or excellent.
Drake Callender – 9: Gave another Man of The Match performance. Made the case to stay as Inter Miami’s number one starting goalkeeper.
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Chris McVey – 8: Comfortabably making that left-back spot his own. His right foot opens up another passing option for Miami in case the opposition decides to push him wide. Was solid on the ball and had several switches of play that tilted the field in Miami’s favor.
Ryan Sailor – 7.3: Another solid game from the rookie. Did just enough to keep the Red Bull attack at bay. Developing a nice partnership with Lowe.
Damion Lowe – 8.5: Arguably the first name on the teamsheet, Lowe’s been a rock for the Herons every time he has started. His performance against the Red Bulls showed once again he’s one of Miami’s best defenders. The Jamaica international ended the match with six clearances, five headed clearances, four interceptions, and seven recoveries.
DeAndre Yedlin – 8: Once again showed his class and experience. Didn’t put a single foot wrong up against ex-Heron Lewis Morgan.
Bryce Duke – 7.4: The creative spark in Miami’s midfield right now. His endless running, tackling, and progressive passing has been the link from defense to attack that the Herons’ missed in their first few games of the season. Against the Red Bulls, his technical skills and knack for finding pockets of space saw him end the game with four chances created.
I asked Neville about Bryce Duke and his progress:
"I'm really pleased with him. He's developing well."
Says that he played a bit fatigued against the Union but pushed him to play against the Red Bulls.#InterMiamiCF
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Gregore – 7.3: Was solid the entire match. Picked up a yellow card which could’ve gone horribly wrong against a tricky Red Bull offense, but, he did well to manage that and was the ideal single pivot to stop any attacks.
Jean Mota – 8.2: Had his best game for Inter Miami. His passing range and defensive ability were on display. Ended the game with an 81% pass completion percentage and a whopping 16 recoveries.
Indiana Vassilev – 6.5: Didn’t have too much of an impact on the game, but his runs in behind the Red Bull defense did cause some problems.
Leonardo Campana – 6.7: Was largely isolated most of the match. Had a few touches here and there but nothing too convincing. Missed a wide-open chance to put the Herons up 2-0 in the first half, but made up for it with some playful technique.
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Ariel Lassiter – 8.2: Has been in amazing form for Inter Miami. His goal against the Red Bulls was well taken and on his less dominant foot. His speed and dribbling were a nuisance to the Red Bull back line all night long.
Robbie Robinson – 6.7: Came on and had a couple of good looks. Did well to peel off the shoulder of defenders on the counter. Opened the game up well for Miami.
Robert Taylor – 7.3: Got the game-killing goal. Finally getting into full form for the Herons. His speed and technical ability threw the Red Bulls off balance.
Gonzalo Higuain – 7.1: Did very well off the bench. Showed some hustle and combined well with Ulloa and Taylor to get the second goal:
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Victor Ulloa – 7: Was lively and plugged the gaps in the midfield well as the Red Bulls pushed for a goal. Did nicely to slot it over to Taylor to get the goal.
Aime Mabika – (n/a): Didn’t have too many touches, but it’s a welcomed sight to see the big man back on the field for Inter Miami.
Phil Neville – 8.5: His best-coached game for Inter Miami so far. The tactics were spot on, the personnel was correct, and his substitutions won the game. Neville has put on an impressive string of results that has seen Miami shoot up into playoff contention. The team is much more balanced, tactically aware of their jobs on the pitch, and attacking with more conviction.