David Ruiz, B+
[KEN] The young homegrown midfielder was the Herons’ most consistently reliable player on the pitch last night. Ruiz showed improved passing and decision-making and, while he did over-dribble at times, he didn’t turn the ball as a consequence. And he almost — I know, almost doesn’t count — almost gave Inter Miami an unlikely win, banging a shot off the underside of the bar late in stoppage time that struck just on the wrong side of the goal line. So close!
[MATT] So close is right. I was looking for an "A" player in this match and, like Ken, couldn't find one. It wasn't the cleanest night for Ruiz, but he was better than average. When you are without your best player... better than average is good enough.