Inter Miami vs Charlotte FC player ratings – Messi seals semifinal spot

The contrast in Inter Miami vs Charlotte FC player ratings reflect what was a one-sided game at the DRV Pink Stadium in Fort Lauderdale as Inter Miami advanced to the final four with a 4-0 rout. As we’ve seen throughout the tournament the boys in pink took an early lead and never looked back.

Robert Taylor of Inter Miami
Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports/Sipa USA – Photo by Icon sport

Inter Miami player ratings – Messi puts supporting cast in spotlight

Drake Callender 7 – solid night, misjudged one cross but otherwise impressive
DeAndre Yedlin 7 – excellent awareness for assist on Taylor goal
Sergey Kryvtsov 6.5 – quiet night and hardly called upon
Kamal Miller 6.5 – did well, only caught out once by Agyemang’s pace in second half
Jordi Alba 7.5 – a constant outlet on the left looking to build attacks with Arroyo and Busquets
Dixon Arroyo 7 – formed good partnership with Busquets, faded slightly in second period
Sergio Busquets 8 – a metronome in the middle, the main reason Inter Miami dominated possession
Benjamin Cremaschi 7 – bright game from youngster who picked up good positions
Robert Taylor 8 – fantastic finish from the Finn as he continues to impress, worked well off the ball too
Josef Martínez 6.5 – despite scoring the opening goal the Venezuelan striker had a relatively quiet 60 minutes before he was replaced by Campana
Lionel Messi 8.5 – another fantastic display capped by his 8th goal in five games


Leo Camapana 7 – Spirited attempt with a scissor kick, fantastic assist for final goal
Diego Gómez 7 – the Paraguayan had his best spell since joining, more assured and provided pass for third goal
David Ruiz 6 – good stint from teenager
Noah Allen N/A
Victor Ulloa N/A

Charlotte FC player ratings – Westwood and co not at the races

Kristijan Kahlina 5.5 – unable to do much about the goals
Jaylin Lindsey 5.5 – tough evening chasing shadows
Adilson Malanda 4.5 – own goal capped a difficult night in South Florida
Andrew Privett 6 – didn’t have an easy task, made an important block on Messi at 0-2
Harrison Afful 6 – the veteran didn’t misplace a pass but struggled when isolated one-on-one
Ashley Westwood 6.5 – Charlotte’s captain had to do more defending than usual, wasn’t able to create as much as in previous games
Kamil Jozwiak 5  – unable to cause many problems for his opposite number, subbed off at halftime
Scott Arfield 6 – typically solid night from the Canadian veteran, sacrificed for more attacking player at break
Brandt Bronico 6.5 – with Westwood shackled he became the main source of key passes for his side
Benjamin Bender 5 – given the start to try and add some spice further forward but was unable to make an impact other than small flashes
Karol Świderski 5 – another disappointing display from the Polish forward who was reduced to potshots in a frustrating evening


Patrick Agyemang 7 – the halftime substitute added spark to the attack and was his side’s best player, missed big chance
Brecht Dejaeghere 5 – came on to influence game in final third, hardly had a touch 
Kevin Vargas 6 – one good cross nearly brought consolation goal
Brandon Cambridge N/A

Player of the Match: Lionel Messi

It was another magisterial Messi performance in a Miami shirt as he adapted his positioning using all his experience and footballing intelligence to guide the Herons into their second semifinal of the season. Suffocated in the first half by a disciplined Charlotte unit he drifted to take Westwood with him giving space to his teammates. The second half he became almost a central midfielder as he got closer to Busquets and broke the lines with his passing, making 12 passes in the final third. Capped off a great game with a goal at the end to complete the rout.

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