Inter Miami vs Orlando City Player rating as Suarez and Messi score two each in rivalry rout

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It wouldn’t be crazy to say that Inter Miami ran away with their first four points of the 2024 MLS season, but they made a strong statement in Florida on Saturday as they look to live up to the club’s lofty expectations this season.

In the first Sunshine Clasico of the season, Inter Miami absolutely beat home rivals Orlando City 5-0, thanks to the braces of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. The two goals for Suarez were his first in MLS when he joined Inter Miami in the offseason and he almost had a hat trick but was denied by an offside flag.

While their first two games were shaky and often resulted in points despite, rather than because of, their performances, this game was a sight to behold as Inter Miami beat Orlando City in 90 minutes against an opponent thought to be MLS Cup contenders. candidate.

They were already in control at half-time and led 3-0 thanks to a brace from Luis Suarez plus one from Robert Taylor.

After the break, it was Messi’s turn to shine and score two very silly goals as Orlando City’s backline fumbled around aimlessly, unable to stay off the ball and Inter Miami’s combination play while making a mess of countless clearances. It’s a very long season, but for anyone who doubted Inter Miami’s title chances in 2024, it’s a performance from the gold star that shows the naysayers they mean business.

Inter Miami  Player rating

Drake Callender (6/10): Didn’t have too much to do. Could have been a bit cleaner when in the ball, but that’s some nitpicking.

Jordi Alba (7/10): Broke through in a big way to set up the fourth. Unlucky not to get the goal due to Robin Janssen’s ridiculous clearance off the crossbar.

Tomas Aviles (7/10): Rock solid. Looked very good next to his new centerback partner.

Nicolas Freire (6/10): Feels like he makes an immediate difference. Provides a bit more pace than Serhiy Kryvstov and looked totally comfortable in this first start.

DeAndre Yedlin (7/10): Didn’t get forward much, but didn’t have to. Helped hold down the right-hand side with ease.

Diego Gomez (6/10): The least effective of the midfield three, which is fine given how solid he was in the first two games.

Sergio Busquets (6/10): Miami’s midfield completely bypassed Orlando’s all day, even without Busquets at his best. A scary, scary sight.

Julian Gressel (9/10): This is what Inter Miami thought they were signing. Gressel was actively bad the first two games, but this performance showed what he can bring to a midfield. His two assists headline his performance, but this was a complete effort from a player who really can change a game.

Robert Taylor (7/10): Got his goal in the 29th minute, but was totally overshadowed by his two superstar strikemates. A very good game overall, though.

Luis Suarez (10/10): We don’t throw 10s around lightly, but when you do what Suarez did, you earn one. Absolutely dominated the game, scoring two and assisting two more. Could have had a few more goals, too, putting down any concerns about his fitness.

Lionel Messi (9/10): While the first half was the Suarez show, Messi claimed the second half as his own. His first was a bit fortunate while his second was an uncharacteristically good header, capping a big day for the Argentine star.

Subs

Leonardo Campana (6/10): Came on to replace Suarez, who can use all the rest he can get. Sting was way out of the game by then, though.

David Ruiz (6/10): Provided the fresh legs needed in midfield. Passed the ball well and popped up with decent moments both in attack and defense.

Serhiy Kryvtsov (6/10): Defense didn’t miss a beat once he came on in the 78th minute.

Noah Allen (5/10): Similar to Kryvtsov, although he loses a point for a needless yellow card.

Jena Mota (N/A): Only had a few touches of the ball.

Player Of The Match – Luis Suarez

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