Dixon Arroyo, B
[KEN] There were several candidates for my third star, including center back Serhiy Kryvtsov, a stabilizing force on a shaky back line until leaving the match at halftime with a migraine causing impaired vision, possibly related to a head injury he suffered in Tuesday’s win against Toronto. Or Kamal Miller, a starter hoping to have night off before Kryvtsov was removed from the match. I even considered Martinez, whose quick, assertive run into the box created the Ruiz goal. But I decided on Arroyo who, while he is no Busquets, patrols the defensive midfield aggressively, shadowing runners on the counter, blocking shots and stepping in front of passes. His interception started the Herons’ scoring sequence.
[MATT] Let's be honest, this was a match where Inter Miami needed to be on-point when it came to defense. Orlando City was going to bring it, and bring it hard... and they did. I don't completely disagree with Arroyo in this slot as he provided a good stop-gap on defense to let the Inter Miami back line catch its breath.