DC United vs Inter Miami CF: From 0-2 to 2-1 in 5 minutes: how the ref spoiled Miami’s first victory

At Audi Stadium (Washington DC) | MLS | Saturday 03/07/2020 | 5.30 PM on ESPN
DC UNITED
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2-1
(HT:0-1)
INTER MIAMI CF
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Yamil Asad (59′) PK Rodolfo Pizzaro (2′)
Frederic Brillant (61′)
Weather: cold (67°)| Field: good | Spectators: 17,770
 Moreno (38′) Torres (54′)
 Odoy-Atsem (88′) Trapp (60′)
Canouse (94′) Figal (84′)
GAME QUALITY : 04/10REFEREE QUALITY : 02/10

After a difficult first game at LAFC, Inter Miami CF was finally able to compete with a weaker opponent. They dominated the game until this incredible red card, the ref giving a double punishment to Miami after canceling Robinson’s beautiful goal.

The game starts with Inter Miami CF, playing in a 3-5-2 formation and respecting coach Alonso’s philosophy of ball possession and high pressure. After less than 60 seconds of the game, Miami was already making DC sweat, and Pizzaro already missed a goal. This strong beginning leads to a beautiful play involving the attacking trident, the detonator being Lewis Morgan (should we call him Morganhino?), completely dismissing DC’s defense, stretching on his right-wing after great work from Robinson. His low center reached Pizzaro, which scores the first official goal for Inter Miami CF! (2′)

Miami will not stop and keep adding pressure, even creating small chances (7′). DC tries to push but Miami has a promising young striker called Robbie Robinson, and when Sweat launches him at the 11th minute, he almost gives an assist to Pizzaro. After the first quarter, there is only one team on the field! Morgan-Pizzaro-Robinson seems to be the right formula

The limits of Alonso’s 3-5-2

Dc United starts pushing back and it took a great save from captain Robles (19′) to keep the lead. Ulloa tried his luck without real aim, but we start seeing the limits of the 3-5-2. Both defensive wingers are staying very high, and the defensive midfielders have to compensate for them every time DC attacks. The team is losing stamina quickly. In addition, Figal that showed so much assurance in the first game versus LAFC, seem lost on holding the center-left area. DC is playing on those weaknesses. The whole team is coming down late on defensive phases, almost like a Marcello Bielsa team.

But Miami is overall dominating and seems to go to the half time with a nice lead. But when our striker Robinson gets injured and quickly replaced by Agudelo, the game will change drastically. On top of Carranza also injured, Inter Miami CF will have to hope Robinson can play next week. Let’s not talk about the 10 minutes of extra time given by referee Mr. Vasquez, it is time that MLS gets more professional, and it starts with the level of refs.

Yes, Reyes makes a hand (50′). How can he not? He is defending all alone since Alonso’s defensive tactic is basically 3 central defenders by themselves on offensive plays. We were told on our pre-game interview, the favorite tactic of DCU, which is to let the opponent team press high then launch damaging counter attacks. Against teams that are grouped like this, the need to have a full four defenders line is a must. Especially since the ref let the action play and Morgan showed all of his talents by scoring what we all thought was the liberating second goal.

Mr. Vasquez not only cancels the goal after looking at the VAR images but gives Reyes a red card! Miami is down to 10 players and lost Robinson and Reyes. It gets worse when the ref gives a penalty kick for a very small foul made by Ulloa! Robles cannot do miracles and Asan logically brings the score to 1-1 (58′). Ulloa is almost joining his friend to the locker room when he takes a yellow for a big foul this time (60′). He is clearly getting out of his game and we can’t help but wonder why Makoun is not on the field.

Inter Miami CF seems to have lost its grip and DC is well aware, so it is with logic and very little difficulty that Brillant adjusts Robles and gives DC United the lead 2-1 (61′). Pellegrini comes into play and does more in five minutes than Agudelo did during the whole second half. DC keeps a hold of his match and Miami looks forward to the future, hoping to win its first points in MLS. Maybe at home versus Galaxy?

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