Phil Neville’s woes deepened as his Inter Miami side fell to a 3-1 defeat away at FC Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon.
And things didn’t get any better here as a Brandon Vazquez brace (just a small part of his sensational individual performance) and another strike from Ronald Matarrita made Gonzalo Higuain’s first-half penalty worthless.
Miami’s single point leaves them 12th in the Eastern Conference with a -8 goal difference – no team this side of MLS has worse. As for Cincinnati, their back-to-back wins see them climb above the Playoff line – a rare sight for the Ohio team, who are quickly improving under Pat Noonan.
Here are the full player ratings from FC Cincinnati 3-1 Inter Miami…
Alec Kann (GK) – 7/10 – Perhaps sold himself a little too early on the penalty but carried out the rest of his duties well enough, including a vital save at his near post in the final 10 minutes.
Alvas Powell (RWB) – 6/10 – Another solid defensive outing from Powell. The less said about his second-half volley the better, though!
Nick Hagglund (CB) – 7/10 – Won all four of his aerial duels and was solid as a rock at the back.
Geoff Cameron (CB) – 7/10 – Assurred in possession and aggressive without it. Is doing a good job of helping tighten up this Cincy defense.
Tyler Blackett (CB) – 7/10 – Did a good job of covering Matarrita as the Costa Rican drove forward, often helping the wing-back in possession.
Ronald Matarrita (LWB) – 9/10 – Marked down one for needlessly giving away a penalty but was otherwise perfect. One goal, two assists, a ton of driving runs and some incredible passing.
Yuya Kubo (CM) – 8/10 – Was dynamic and creative in midfield, trying his luck with some dangerous shots around the box, too.
Junior Moreno (CM) – 7/10 – Provided the bite FC Cincinnati have been missing from their midfield for so long.
Luciano Acosta (CAM) – 7/10 – Would have been given a much better rating for another creative masterclass but, well, that penalty was just awful.
Brandon Vazquez (ST) – 10/10 – Scored twice, calmly set up another, and won a penalty. Brandon Vazquez is on a tear and is quickly going from being an underrated talent to a feared striker. What a performance.
Dom Badji (ST) – 7/10 – Quieter than Vazquez but still had a couple of dangerous moments and caused trouble for Miami with his clever movement.
Brenner (for Badji, 66 mins) – 6/10 – Put himself about and looked energetic from the bench.
Alvaro Barreal (for Acosta, 79 mins) – 5/10 – Had a good chance to notch a goal but made it too easy for Callender to save.
Haris Medunjanin (for Moreno, 90 mins) – N/A – No time to change the game.
Calvin Harris (for Vazquez, 90 mins) – N/A – As above.
Drake Callender (GK) – 3/10 – Absolutely terrible for a couple of goals. Gets bumped up one for keeping the score down in the second half.
DeAndre Yedlin (RB) – 6/10 – Won a penalty and tried to make things happen down the right for Miami. A rare bright spot for Neville.
Damion Lowe (CB) – 2/10 – Couldn’t get to grips with Vazquez and Badji and was a disaster waiting to happen every time the ball came into the box. See his tackle on Vazquez for the Cincy penalty for evidence.
Christopher McVey (CB) – 4/10 – A little better than Lowe, but the bar was not set very high.
Kieran Gibbs (LB) – 4/10 – Was a little sloppy with the ball and left too many spaces for Vazquez and Badji to drift into.
Jean Mota (RM) – 6/10 – Came close with a free-kick late in the first half and formed a decent partnership with Yedlin – not that it helped much.
Gregore (CM) – 6/10 – Was overworked in midfield but did his best to stem the flow of Cincy attacks.
Mo Adams (CM) – 5/10 – Battled hard but didn’t offer enough on the ball so was the obvious choice to be withdrawn an hour in.
Robert Taylor (LM) – 4/10 – Anonymous and ineffective.
Gonzalo Higuain (ST) – 5/10 – Scored his fourth penalty in MLS and showed flashes of quality but drifted out for long spells.
Leonardo Campana (ST) – 3/10 – A first-half header aside, Campana was completely anonymous with just 15 touches of the ball.
Ariel Lassiter (for Adams, 60 mins) – 4/10 – Didn’t do much to justify a start next time.
Noah Allen (for Gibbs, 60 mins) – 5/10 – Neat and tidy from the teenager again, though he could do little to influence the game.
Robbie Robinson (for Campana, 71 mins) – 5/10 – Looked more lively in 20 minutes than Campana did in 70 but it wasn’t enough.