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3 takeaways from Inter Miami’s 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps


One other week, one other win for Inter Miami in Main League Soccer motion.

It was an entire and complete victory for the south Florida membership over Canadian outfit Vancouver Whitecaps on the highway at BC Place. Not solely did the win maintain Miami atop the Supporters’ Defend desk, it additionally meant that David Beckham’s membership gained their second-straight MLS match and their seventh league win from their final eight outings.

Regardless of Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Luis Suarez not making the journey to northwest Canada — they got a relaxation by head coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino — the Herons managed to tug out a slim win because of the stellar play from a few of the staff’s extra underrated gamers.

Listed here are three fundamental takeaways from Miami’s win over the Whitecaps.

Mathías Laborda, Robert Taylor

Taylor scored the opening purpose / Jeff Vinnick/GettyImages

In earlier matches, we have seen Miami wrestle to interrupt opposing groups down and create probabilities with out gamers like Messi and Busquets within the aspect. Nonetheless, this time was totally different for Martino’s staff.

The legendary Messi and the ruthless Suarez have mixed for 21 MLS objectives in 2024 — which works out to roughly 55% of the staff’s 38 league objectives — and that is not even factoring of their mixed 17 assists. Regardless of that, Miami found out a technique to win regardless of the late onslaught from the Whitecaps, one thing that may carry hope to Martino for when Copa America rolls round this summer time.

Taylor and Campana combined for Miami's second goal

Taylor and Campana mixed for Miami’s second purpose / Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports activities

Miami have definitely essentially the most proficient squad in all of MLS with veteran and inexperienced gamers alike. That’s to be anticipated when a participant like Messi places pen to paper, as gamers will not move up the chance to play alongside the sport’s greatest-ever participant.

A few of Miami’s gamers that do not play week in and week out might in all probability get beginning roles for different MLS sides. That is true for the likes of Robert Taylor and Leo Campana, with each gamers dropping their beginning spots this season to Matias Rojas and Suarez, respectively.

Campana bagged the successful purpose for the second-straight match whereas Taylor opened the scoring and offered the help for the younger Ecuadorian’s second-half strike. The duo have greater than proved their price to Martino as they got here up clutch on the highway to ship the three factors.

Jordi Alba grabbed an assist

Jordi Alba grabbed an help / Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports activities

Whereas Taylor and Campana will rightfully make the headlines after their wonderful performances, remember about Jordi Alba’s importace to this Miami staff. Franco Negri was serviceable throughout his run within the aspect when Alba missed time with a hamstring damage, nevertheless it’s nearly night-and-day whenever you in contrast how Miami play with Alba again within the staff.

His through-ball to setup Taylor for the opening strike was good and no different participant on the pitch noticed it coming. With Alba again within the swing of issues and beginning matches, Miami primarily have an additional ahead on the pitch after they spring ahead in transition.

Alba’s contributions weren’t restricted to the assault, although. The 35-year-old performed his half in seeing out the outcome for Miami in stoppage time, showcasing his know-how and expertise by holding the ball up in Vancouver’s half to alleviate strain earlier than the full-time whistle.