Inter Miami picked up their second win of the season with a well-earned victory against a rotated Seattle Sounders side.
Robbie Robinson got his first goal of the year as he led a Gonzalo Higuain-less Miami to a 1-0 win.
Though Seattle started the game without several of their starters, Miami took advantage of that and exploited the Sounder’s lack of pace on the flanks.
Both Robinson and Ariel Lassiter used their speed and strength to run at and stretch Seattle’s backline.
Eventually, the dam broke.
In the 41st minute, DeAndre Yedlin played in a gorgeous cross that was finished off by Robinson:
A beautiful goal from Robbie Robinson and a phenomenal assist from Yedlin 🤩
Let's go!💗🖤 pic.twitter.com/rZSOmurI0L
— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) April 17, 2022
Robinson may have gotten on the scoresheet, but the real stars on the night came in defense.
When the Sounders made a last-ditch effort to get the equalizer, Damion Lowe and Aime Mabika stood tall (literally) and stymied any attack that was thrown at Miami’s backline.
All in all, it was a very good night for the Herons. Here are the player ratings from Inter Miami’s win against Seattle.
*Anything under a six is below average/poor. A six is average and or good. A seven through ten is great and or excellent.*
Nick Marsman – 7.2: Was integral in keeping the clean sheet for Miami. Had several good stops, in the end, to keep Seattle at bay.
Chris McVey – 7: Had a solid shift at left-back though he’s right-footed. Ended the game with four clearances, three interceptions, and five recoveries.
Aime Mabika – 8: Arguably his best game in Inter Miami colors. His ability to read the game and height made it a nightmare for Seattle’s attack. He also ended the game with an 85% pass completion percentage.
Mabika is such a dominant one v. one defender. His size and ability to read the game is such a pleasure to watch.
Still only 23 years old.#InterMiamiCF
— Alex Windley (@aaw_1998) April 17, 2022
Damion Lowe – 8: Also had a very good game. Alongside Mabika, Lowe made it difficult for Seattle to get a tying goal. He was strong and put his body on the line for the team.
DeAndre Yedlin – 8.5: Got the game-winning assist on his return home. Defended well and got Miami’s defense out of troublesome situations with his recovery speed.
Jean Mota – 7.2: Put in a good shift. Played the box-to-box role well as shown by his six recoveries. Was energetic on both sides of the ball. Ended the game with two key passes.
Gregore – 6.8: Played better in this match, but he did lose the ball under pressure in dangerous parts of the field. Also picked up a yellow that will see him suspended against Atlanta United. Finished the match winning nine of his duels.
Robert Taylor – 6: Looked sluggish in this game. Got into decent positions but tended to hold on to the ball too long. His subpar shift saw him pulled in the 64th minute for Bryce Duke.
Robbie Robinson – 9: Got the game-winning goal, and was active in the buildup to the goal as well. Selfless in defense and played a full 90 minutes which is a welcomed sight to see.
Leonardo Campana – 8: His hold-up play was spot on all night. Was good with his feet and led the line well.
Campana's hold up play has been top class tonight. He's been so so good at relieving pressure for Miami.
Don't think you would've gotten this from Higuain. #InterMiamiCF
— Alex Windley (@aaw_1998) April 17, 2022
Ariel Lassiter – 7.5: Was lively on the right-hand side. Used his speed to stretch Seattle’s backline. His movement in the buildup to Miami’s first goal allowed Yedlin to run into space and get the cross off.
Bryce Duke – 7: His snappy tackling and tireless legs were key in the last 25 minutes of the match when Seattle was pushing for a goal.
Noah Allen – 6: Did well to clear any danger. Didn’t get to attack much, but he did just enough to prevent the Sounders from scoring.
Mo Adams – (n/a): Picked up a yellow card and only had four touches.
Phil Neville – 6.5: Got the formation and personnel correct. Put in the right players to play his counterattacking style. The switch to the back three when Seattle was threatening on the wings was the right move. Defensively the team was well drilled but should’ve had more attacking chances.