Inter Miami Player Ratings: Brek Shea stands out in latest goal-less defeat
The left wingback was a cut above the rest in Inter Miami's loss to the Portland Timbers
Another Inter Miami game, another goal-less display.
Inter Miami saw its current losing streak extended to four games on Sunday via a controversial 1-0 road loss to the Portland Timbers. The way the match finished will likely be talked about in the coming days given the polemic refereeing decision that waved off a late equalizer, but the overall performance from the South Florida side was still a mixed bag.
While the defense held tight for much of the match thanks to strong performances from the likes of Brek Shea and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, the attack once again failed to create much danger in a game the Herons needed a result in in order to improve their diminishing chances of making the postseason.
Here are the Inter Miami Player Ratings following the defeat to the Timbers:
Nick Marsman (5) — Was having a solid outing until he thought twice about coming off his line to punch the ball clear on the winner, a decision that proved costly.
Lewis Morgan (7) — Heavily involved in the attack in this one, getting forward and on the ball with regularity while also getting back to fulfill his defensive duties.
Leandro Gonzalez Pirez (7.5) — Put out a lot of fires without fouling and nearly came up with a late equalizer, but may have been partially at fault for the goal.
Nicolas Figal (6) — An early yellow card may have limited his defensive actions a bit, but he stayed active until suffering an injury that forced him out of the game.
Christian Makoun (5.5) — Also had a number of interventions, though he had a bit more trouble than the other centerbacks when defending.
Brek Shea (8.5) — Saved two possible goals with quality defending and was the biggest threat in the attack, setting up one chance and getting on the end of another.
Gregore (5.5) — Broke things up well and moved the ball with precision while also seeming partially at fault for the goal given up.
Jay Chapman (5.5) — Regularly found the open man with his more attack-minded passing, but needed to get on the ball a bit more.
Rodolfo Pizarro (4) — Not sharp enough with his play and struggled to make his presence felt when getting into the final third.
Gonzalo Higuain (5.5) — Very involved in the attack by getting on the ball often and passing it well, but dropped too far from goal too often.
Robbie Robinson (2) — Did not make an impact up top, showing once again that he does not have the qualities to make a difference in that position.
Kelvin Leerdam (6.5) — Came up with several timely interventions at the sweeper spot after replacing Figal.
Blaise Matuidi (6) — Hit the sublime cross that led to the negated equalizer in a respectable showing off the bench.
Julian Carranza (6) — Nodded home a would-be tying goal with aplomb off the bench, but it was negated by a controversial foul call.
Federico Higuain (4.5) — Lacked precision with his passing during his 12-minute cameo.
Kieran Gibbs (5) — Solid but unexceptional at the left wingback spot after replacing Shea.
Indiana Vassilev (6) — Active despite entering late and sent in the delightful late ball that Gonzalez Pirez sent wide.
Phil Neville (6) — It was the same story from his team, which did not give up a whole lot defensively but struggled offensively. The controversial call impacted the ability to get a result, but so too did the concentration lapse on the decisive set piece.