Inter Miami‘s 4-1 loss to the NY Red Bulls marked the first time they lost by more than two goals, and the result was deserving based on their performance Wednesday Night.
Here’s what went wrong.
Team lost with Pizarro absent from the starting line-up.
Sometimes, even the star players need rest and Wednesday was Pizarro’s turn take a seat. He did come on with about 30 minutes left in the game and made an impact, but it was too little too late as the team was behind when he made his way on the pitch and didn’t create a goal with him playing.
Without him in the first half, the team looked lost offensively and the lack of a creator was definitely noticeable in the first half.
Lack of discipline.
Inter Miami came into the match having committed the most fouls in the MLS, and the lack of discipline resulted in the first New York goal.
Blaise Matiudi committed a foul in the box with the Red Bull player moving away from the goal. The ensuing penalty was converted by New York and they took an early 1-0 lead.
Sweat’s poor clearance gifts a second.
The second goal was created because Miami couldn’t get the ball out of their own half. A failed clearance by Ben Sweat resulted in an easy goal for the Red Bulls.
After Sweat lost possession, the Red Bulls took the ball to the top of the box and quickly combined on a give and go to create the second goal.
Inter Miami can’t capitalize on major possession advantage.
You don’t usually see the team that possesses the ball 65 percent of match lose. But that was the case Wednesday.
Even with the major disadvantage in possessions, the Red Bulls managed more shots on target (5-4) than Inter Miami. Miami may have had more of the ball, but they did absolutely nothing with that possession advantage and that was one of the key reasons they fell short.
Late goals product of putting too many men forward.
It was a one-goal game with six minutes left, but two late goals from the Red Bulls made the scoreline worse late.
While Miami was pushing numbers forward to try and get an equalizer, New York hit them on two counter-attacks to make the final scoreline 4-1.
Lack of consistency an issue with 10 games left.
If Miami wants to sneak into the playoffs from behind, they’ll need to string a couple of wins together at some point this season.
They are yet to capture their fourth victory in franchise history and they’ll need to do so and more in order to find themselves a spot in the expanded playoffs.