Orlando City 0-0 Inter Miami: Player Ratings as Herons Settle for Goalless Draw Without Messi - Latest Global News

Orlando City 0-0 Inter Miami: Player Ratings as Herons Settle for Goalless Draw Without Messi

Inter Miami’s five-game winning streak ended on Wednesday night when points were shared in a goalless draw against in-state rivals Orlando City and Lionel Messi was ruled out due to injury.

The visiting Herons were looking to continue their winning streak against their interstate rivals in a bid to extend their stay at the top of the Supporters’ Shield standings. However, Orlando City were eager to play spoilsport and avenge their crushing 5-0 loss to Miami in March.

Orlando were on top in the first half hour of the game and got into good attacking positions thanks to clever combinations from Nico Lodeiro, Facundo Torres, Luis Muriel and Duncan McGuire. Oscar Pareja’s side came close to opening the scoring several times in the first half – most notably when Drake Callender stuck out his left glove to deny Martin Ojeda from close range – but the score remained 0-0 at the break.

Miami responded with a series of shots on Pedro Gallese’s goal in the second half. Jordi Alba – making his first appearance since April 13 after recovering from a thigh injury – hit an inviting cross but it was deflected in the last second before reaching Leo Campana. But without Messi – who missed the game with a knee injury – the Herons lacked just a little bit of sharpness and ingenuity in attack.

The 0-0 draw saw the Herons remain top of the Supporters’ Shield with 28 points collected from 14 games played. On the other hand, Orlando improved to 10th place in the division with 13 points from 12 contests.

The Herons took on Orlando City

The Herons took on Orlando City / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

TW: Drake Callender – 7/10 – He got going in the first half with a great save to deny Ojeda, who went wide after a brilliant turn wide.

RB: Marcelo Weigandt – 7/10 – Started slowly, but picked up the pace in the second half through clever movement and connection play on the right side.

CB: Tomas Aviles – 8/10 – Made no mistake and timed one of his tackles perfectly to prevent Duncan McGuire from firing his shot in front of goal.

CB: Nicolas Freire – 6/10 – An average performance from the experienced defender who was overshadowed by the young Aviles.

LB: Franco Negri – 7/10 – Perhaps Miami’s best attacker in the first 45 despite being deployed at left guard. He helped prepare Taylor for the Herons’ first real chance of the game, but it was all in vain.

CM: Julian Gressel – 6/10 – The former Columbus Crew midfielder was a little off the pace and didn’t really have the chance to showcase his pinpoint performance from set pieces.

CM: Sergio Busquets – 7/10 – Once again excellent in possession in the middle of the park, constantly looking for a Heron colleague who can start an attacking move.

CM: Benjamin Cremaschi – 6/10 – At times he is a little sloppy in possession and lacks penetration as he is still shaking off the rust that prevents him from returning to action.

RW: Matias Rojas – 6/10 – Hit a few well-timed diagonal passes to change the game, but nothing impactful.

ST: Luis Suarez – 6/10 – Had a good position in front of goal but couldn’t fire dangerous shots to test Pedro Gallese.

LW: Robert Taylor – 6/10 – Good connection with his fellow strikers in the Orlando penalty area. He missed a big chance to improve his team in the first half because he waited too long to pull the trigger.

Substitute

Substitute: Jordi Alba (64th minute for Negri) – 7/10 – Was brilliant in his first appearance in about a month and almost set up the opening goal.

Substitute: Leo Campana (64th minute for Suarez) – 6/10 – Good movement at the front but not enough service was provided.

Substitute: Leo Afonso (80th minute for Taylor) – N/A

Substitute: David Ruiz (80th minute for Cremaschi) – not available

Substitute: Serhiy Kryvtsov (86th minute for Aviles) – not available

Manager

Gerardo “Tata” Martino – 7/10 – That was always going to be difficult for Martino. A midweek away game against a rival who has picked up form in recent weeks with Messi unavailable for selection. However, the Herons have extended their unbeaten streak to six games and this could be a valuable point at the end of the regular season.

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