Inter Miami vs FC Cincinnati player ratings: Fans mourn playoff quest

Inter Miami vs FC Cincinnati player ratings

  • FC Cincinnati get revenge for US Open Cup loss
  • Lionel Messi plays first minutes since September, but can’t save hosts
  • Defeat ends playoff hopes, Miami winless in five vs Cincinnati
Inter Miami vs FC Cincinnati player ratings from DRV PNK Stadium
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Inter Miami Player Ratings: Callender kept them in it

Drake Callender 8/10 as mentioned in preview he needed to be at his best

DeAndre Yedlin 6.5/10 – strong on flank

Sergey Kryvstov 6/10 – unfamiliar role in first half, did well

Tomás Avilés 6.5/10 – hit bar early on, replaced by Messi

Kamal Miller 7/10 – typically resolute showing

Noah Allen 7/10 – grew into game, brave

Benjamin Cremaschi 7/10 – a threat all evening, tireless

David Ruiz 6.5/10 – gave team extra energy in good first half showing

Sergio Busquets 6.5/10 – caught out for goal

Facundo Farias 7/10 – lively from the off, one of his best recent games

Josef Martínez 7.5/10 – one shot off the post and created chances


Lionel Messi 7/10 – showed magic in flashes but wasn’t enough
Jean Mota 6.5/10 –
linked up well, needs more minutes
Nicolas Stefanelli – N/A
Robert Taylor – N/A

Josef Martinez of Inter Miami
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FC Cincinnati Player Ratings: Hagglund and Miazga key

Roman Celentano 7/10 – unflappable

Santiago Arias 6.5/10 – wasteful in possession

Nick Hagglund 7.5/10 – commanding at back

Matt Miazga 7.5/10 – captain’s performance from big man

Ian Murphy 6.5/10 – stuck to task well

Álvaro Barreal 7.5/10 – the wing back was the only one to break the Callender wall

Junior Moreno 7/10 – tidy and gave team balance

Obinna Nwobodo 5.5/10 – Nigerian struggled with tempo, was booked

Luciano Acosta 7/10 – a bag of tricks, great work rate too

Sergio Santos  6/10  – two big chances early, subbed at HT

Brandon Vázquez 6.5/10 – couldn’t isolate his opponent one-on-one


Aaron Boupendza 7/10 – added attacking impetus but poor decision-making
Yuya Kubo 7/10 – fresh legs to help the team
Bret HalseyN/A
Dominique Badji – N/A

Malik Pinto – N/A

Álvaro Barreal scored in Inter Miami vs FC Cincinnati
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Inter Miami vs FC Cincinnati Match Summary and Highlights

The sold out crowd in South Florida would have been expecting a full throttle game from two of the most attacking sides in the league. However, both managers were cautious and played with three central defenders – wary of each other’s offensive toolbox.

That set up worked better for the hosts, who went into the break feeling they were worth more than the 0-0 scoreline. The Herons had hit the woodwork three times in the first period, Cincy threatened in flashes on the break.

Cincy started the second half brightly, and the home fans were concerned that a repeat of the Chicago Fire capitulation was on the cards. But on 55 minutes they were in raptures as Lionel Messi stepped onto the field for the first time since September 20th.

Messi’s introduction changed the tactics and the game became more end-to-end, which began to tilt in the visitor’s favour. Callender was called upon constantly as Cincinnati knocked on the door.

Eventually it was Barreal who broke the resistance, tucking away a rebound after the Inter Miami goalkeeper had pulled off another big save. The crowd hoped for another Messi miracle but it wasn’t to be, now they have to wait until March for new campaign.

Man of the Match: Drake Callender

Drake Callender of Inter Miami
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Drake Callender pulled off a near perfect performance on his 26th birthday, to keep Inter Miami in the game especially in the 2nd half. The US international made 5 saves in total, most of which were from chances inside the box.

There was no doubt he would have a busy night against the side ranked 3rd in the league for xG created. With talents such as Luciano Acosta, who was buzzing around Callender’s penalty area all night, it was likely the visitors would have their chances.

A fine display from the Californian kept them at bay and on another night it could have been a match-winning performance.


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