Inter Miami made it two back-to-back losses by three goals, falling on the road 3-0 to the Philadelphia Union.
Here are my thoughts from the match.
1 — New striker, same problems.
Gonzalo Higuain was supposed to be the striker that solved Inter Miami’s goal-scoring problems. He nearly marked his debut goal in spectacular fashion with an overhead kick in the first half, but it hit the post.
His most notable miss came in the second half when he skied a penalty kick over the bar that would have made the score 2-1 with about 15 minutes to go. And after 90 minutes, only three of Miami’s 15 shots were on target.
They also had nearly 60 percent possession but could not make anything of the advantage for the second game in a row.
On the plus side, Higuain did go the full 90 minutes and his link-up play was decent, but he still needs time to gel with his new teammates.
2– Homegrown talent scores two Union goals.
While Inter Miami is an expansion club and hasn’t been able to develop any players with the homegrown system, the Union has excelled in that department.
The Union’s academy players accounted for two goals on Sunday night. And watching their homegrown players shine gave me hope that Inter Miami will be able to the same after a few years.
With the adjusted contract rules for these types of players and Inter Miami’s three designated player spots being filled, it would be very beneficial to get some talent in the squad through the academy.
3 — Miami improves play after conceding.
After looking sluggish in the first few minutes, it almost seemed like Inter Miami woke up after getting scored on. The team began moving the ball faster and started creating chances.
But even with the increased level of play, none of the efforts resulted in a goal.
4 — Shea over Sweat, please.
One of the biggest culprits of missed chances on Sunday was Ben Sweat, who missed two pretty clear ones. If Shea isn’t going to start as an attacking midfielder, his versatility could allow him to slide back into left-back to get more attacking quality from that position.
5 — Inter Miami picked apart for second goal.
The second goal from the Union was a classic team goal that led to a tap in. The team showed Miami how quick passing can create easy opportunities.