Inter Miami will take on Atlanta United tonight for their third game in a week and second against t during that stretch.
Unlike the other games, they’ll be without fan-favorite midfielder Lee Nguyen, as Miami traded him to the New England Revolution. Regardless, here are some keys that’ll help them take home a victory tonight.
Key 1: Stars Shine:
With goals impossible to come by in the last two contests, Inter Miami is going to have to have to lean on its stars to generate chances. If Miami can create opportunities for Rodolfo Pizzaro this time out expect him to put them in the back of the net.
In addition, Blaise Matiudi’s ability to switch the play with long passes will help his squad break down the defense on the wings. This will give Lewis Morgan and Ben Sweat a chance to operate on the wings and play in.
Key 2: Defense Remains Strong:
In the last Atlanta United game Inter Miami felt relatively comfortable except for one or two chances.
Even on Sunday against Nashville, it was more of a bend but don’t break approach as the other expansion teams created chances but Luis Robles and the backline were able to make enough last-ditch efforts to maintain a shutout.
Atlanta United is weak up front at the moment following the loss of Josef Martinez for the season due to injury and after selling Gonzalo Martinez hours before the team’s last meeting.
While Atlanta United are scrambling to find replacements, Inter Miami must take advantage and keep another clean sheet tonight.
Key 3: Convert A Set-Piece:
Inter Miami needs to be more dangerous on set-pieces if they want to create more goals. There are always opportunities in the final third on dead balls that the team wastes. Whether it be a corner kick or after a foul deep in the opposition territory, it would be a positive sign to see one of those chances find the back of the net.
They’ve been close a few times but still haven’t been able to score one this season, so getting a goal from this will give the team confidence that they can get the victory.
It wasn’t the most popular trade among Inter Miami fans, but it does make sense from a business perspective.
I think this deal just means that Lee Nguyen wasn’t a Diego Alonso style midfielder, and if he wasn’t going to have the role in the side then I understand why they moved him. In the early part of Alonso’s Miami stint, he goes with two holding midfielders along with Pizzaro as the attacking midfielder. Nguyen wasn’t going to unseat the Mexican international from that spot so his role in Alonso’s side would always be minimal.
We’ve already seen what having some targeted allocation money in the bank can do in the acquisition of Matiudi, so in that perspective, it’s definitely a plus.
A fourth-round draft pick doesn’t seem like much, but early on the club should acquire as many players with attributes that fit their style to further develop.
The most important part of the trade is that Inter Miami now has three open roster spots, so this could just be the start of a flurry of moves. Let’s wait until we see how the money is spent and the roster spots are filled before we judge this deal.