Inter Miami was once again able to beat Atlanta United 2-1 using a confident display on Saturday night.
Here are some of my key thoughts after watching Miami add another 3 points to the board.
Agudelo’s hold up play creates first goal:
Just three minutes in, Juan Agudelo put Inter Miami ahead. He received a ball on Miami’s half of midfield and was able to hold off the Atlanta United defender to give Lewis Morgan enough time to get in space. While Morgan’s cross was deflected by the Atlanta United defense, the ball popped out to a trailing Agudelo who put his team ahead.
Inter Miami once again concede immediately after scoring:
My high school soccer coach was a big believer in the most dangerous time to concede a goal was right after you score. This is becoming a negative pattern for Miami, as they scored early but gave up an Atlanta goal because of some sloppy play in the back.
They need to get better at staying focused.
Pizarro’s magic sets up Shea’s second score in two games:
Miami did not waste any time getting back in the lead, using a throw in to get Rodolfo Pizarro the ball deep into the box. After that, it took some spectacular dribbling from the Mexican native to find an opening in the defense. When Pizarro did, he was able to find a wide open Brek Shea on the back post who headed the ball home well.
Shea has now scored in two consecutive games for Inter Miami.
If goalkeeper Luis Robles wasn’t there to step up, Inter Miami could’ve easily drawn the past two games. In the last contest Robles had to save two penalty kicks, and in this one, it was a quick reaction save with just over 20 minutes left in the game. When Robles was at the near post and the Atlanta United player picked out his teammate in the box, it seemed like he had a long way to go to make the save and he wouldn’t get there in time. But he did, and his quick reaction took away a goal that would’ve made the game 2-2.
Robles is returning to the form that made him one of the best keepers in the MLS in his previous years.
All-around positive performance beats familiar opponent:
Inter Miami has lined up against Atlanta United three times in the past month, 7 points on the squad that continues to struggle with injuries and player departures.
Miami knows how to break down this side consistently and did that once again. It’s a promising sign to see Diego Alonso’s squad beat the teams that they should beat. They look confident against a bad side as they should. Unfortunately for Miami, it will likely be the last time they lineup against a side they’ve found consistent success again in 2020.