After a delayed start due to lighting, Inter Miami once again struggled to find the back of the net but also kept the opposition for their second straight goalless draw against fellow expansion side Nashville SC.
I have a few thoughts on the match regarding Miami’s performance.
Blaise Matiudi’s impact was instantly felt during his debut for Miami. His presence defensively created turnovers. When he won that possession he played the right pass to get his club going the other way.
On the ball, Matiudi displayed confidence that we haven’t seen so far this season from a player on the roster besides Rodolfo Pizzaro. He hardly played a bad pass, completing 90 percent of them.
In the 71st minute, Matiudi won the ball and combined on a give and go with Pizzaro before playing a ball into the box that created a shot on target that was saved.
He was very efficient in keeping possession and just playing the right pass on multiple occasions. His ability to switch the play kept the defense on its toes and helped players find space on the wings. He completed 7 of 8 long passes which helped Miami keep the opposition’s defense moving.
Miami couldn’t take advantage of momentum because of early misses from Pizzaro:
Pizzaro needs to finish better than he did early in the first half against Nashville. A ball came across from Ben Sweat that found him just outside the six-yard box that he volleyed wide. Later in the half, Pizzaro received a ball in the same area from the other side of the pitch from Lewis Morgan, but the result was the same.
Those two golden opportunities cost Inter Miami a chance to take an early lead. You really expect better from him and I doubt he misses more chances like that this season. When you get an opportunity like that to set the tone early when the momentum is going your way, you have to capitalize.
“You got finish your chances, that’s your analysis,” ESPN’s Taylor Twellman said at halftime when speaking of Inter Miami in the first 45 minutes of play.
Last-ditch goal-line clearances persevere Inter Miami’s second straight shutout:
Nashville’s biggest chance of the first half came on a free kick that can be seen in the video below. The defense seemed to panic at times throughout the match but at the end of the day kept the scoresheet clean.
Also in the first half, Andres Reyes had to track back to make a last-minute tackle in what would’ve been a breakaway opportunity. He timed it perfectly right and if he didn’t it would’ve been a penalty kick and potentially a red card.
At the beginning of the second half, Luis Robles made a great save after Nashville quickly broke down the defense. They should’ve scored multiple times but the defense just did enough to keep the ball out the back of the net.