Inter Miami has a chance to get back into the win column on Wednesday against Atlanta United following a rough loss last time out.
Here are five keys to an Inter Miami win.
Key 1 — Keep Possession
For once, Miami actually possessed the ball more than their opponent, which is a sign of progress. It’ll be difficult to repeat that tonight as Atlanta is ranked No. 4 in keeping possession while Inter Miami is No. 24.
Blausie Matiudi’s services are much needed, given that he’s quick enough as and will greatly improve this area. But for now, the guys on the field have to do a better job of retaining the ball. Having to play more defense than offense is tiring and the effects show late in games as Inter Miami can’t find a late equalizer or concede.
Key 2 — Please, play Lee Nguyen more
This is a point I will continue to hammer home until it happens. Lee Nyguen needs to be on the field for Inter Miami more often. The main reason being that the team just looks better with him on the field.
Nyguen’s link-up play with Rodolfo Pizzaro is better than Pizzaro’s connection with Matias Pellegrini. He also has an edge in the experience department over Pellegrini, 20, as he’s an eight-year MLS veteran.
Key 3 — Get shots on target
Inter Miami actually out-shot Nashville in their recent loss but were still held goalless. They need to be more clinical when taking shots and get their attempts on target.
Of their 19 shots, only five were on target. Three of those shots on target were by defenders. The attacking players need to do better in this department if Miami wants to get a positive result tonight against Atlanta.
Julain Carranza, who recorded a two-goal game against Orlando City, didn’t record a shot in the last game. Juan Agudelo had three shot attempts, all blocked, in just 15 minutes. The striker position continues to be an area of concern for Inter Miami and either one of those guys will need to step up to the task tonight and at least force a save from the opponents goalie.
Key 4 — Better timing of subs
I wasn’t a fan of Diego Alonso using all five of his substitutions at one time in the last contest, as a massive overhaul like that absolutely disrupts any flow of the game. Also, starters are going to get tired earlier as the stretch of the season wears on.
Considering it will be Inter Miami’s second match in just four days, spacing the subs out and replacing players that tire earlier in the second half would be a better approach in this match.
Key 5 — Less fouls
Having committed 116 fouls, the third-most in the league, in just seven matches, Miami is giving up too many free-kicks. These free-kicks give the opponents opportunities to play crosses into dangerous areas and create goal-scoring chances from dead-ball situations.
If they can limit these tackles in the defensive half then they can make a step in the direction of preventing opposition chances.