Tomas Aviles, C+; Kamal Miller, C; Sergiy Kryvtsov, C
[KEN] I hesitate to choose any "down" players in what was a solid all-around team performance from Inter Miami, but that's the way the bit works; it's not called "Three Up." I did take the liberty of lumping my downs into one pick, because the back line probably struggled more than any other unit against LAFC. The trio of Aviles, Kryvtsov and Miller appeared to make some good recovery runs, timely blocks and chance-saving interceptions, but the reason they were forced to make such exciting interventions is because they too often were caught out of position and slow to react. Aviles earned a "+" for his delicious thru-ball that turned into Facundo Farias' goal in the 14th minute to give Inter Miami the all-important first score.
The quest for playoff qualification continues Saturday when Sporting Kansas City visits DRV PNK Stadium. Sporting comes to town also chasing a postseason ticket; the Midwestern club also earned an important win against a Western Conference power AND their arch-rival, first-place St. Louis City this weekend. The match will be a stern test for Inter Miami, which is losing nine-players called up for international duty.