Can things get any worse with Inter Miami this season? That’s the big question in South Florida soccer as the Herons have parted ways with manager Phil Neville and trying to piece together some resemblance of an MLS franchise under interim head coach Javier Morales. Whether Morales can do anything is probably beyond the point of return now but has Inter Miami gone from bad to worse?
Inter Miami drops another match to a struggling opponent.
Inter Miami lost their fifth match in a row to D.C. United this past weekend with a 2-1 final score as a cruel welcoming gift to interim manager Javier Morales. Morales, a player legend from his Real Salt Lake days, takes over the reins at Inter Miami as Phil Neville was shown the door by team co-owner David Beckham. In another twist of soccer irony, Beckham and Neville are long-time friends and former Manchester United teammates.
With Morales leading the way towards a fifth loss in a row, why not lose to D.C. United who Wayne Rooney manages? The Manchester United connection is not lost on MLS fans who care to show any interest in Inter Miami but friendships can easily be tested when it’s time to perform as a head coach and Phil Neville simply couldn’t get the job done. Even D.C. United’s woes under Rooney right now can’t hold a candle to the mess in South Florida and you won’t find the trio of Beckham, Neville, and Rooney singing “Glory Glory Man United” any time soon together.
Inter Miami’s player woes keep mounting.
When you have a squad that’s missing their top-tier talent and you lose two more additional players (midfielder Dixon Arroyo and center-back Ryan Sailor were injured in the D. C. United match) what can you expect from this team? Adding injury to insult, Inter Miami had to play this past weekend down to ten men as Kamal Miller got a VAR-assisted red card seven minutes into the D.C. United match. It’s easy to blame the manager when your team hits rock bottom but let’s face it, Inter Miami is fighting more than an uphill battle because right now they can’t even find the bottom of that hill to start climbing.
Has Inter Miami gone from bad to worse?
The proof of this statement will no doubt be in the pudding as the Herons sit at the bottom of the current MLS Power Rankings this week which comes as a surprise to absolutely nobody who follows this league. With a 5-11-0 record, only 15 total points, and losses in ten out of the last 15 matches, Inter Miami is on its way out of South Florida and heading into the Bermuda Triangle of the North American soccer world.
Let’s face it, the only exciting prospect that Inter Miami has right now is a decent shot at landing Lionel Messi sometime in the future and even this deal is far from settled. Could Messi turn this team around and carry the franchise on his shoulders? That’s a lot to ask of just one player but more than likely, if Messi does put on an Inter jersey it will be to help put fans in the stands and not necessarily help win matches. Messi will still have some magic in the twilight of his career but will it be enough to help drag this squad out of the MLS cellar? Stay tuned for that one folks.