The Major League Soccer season is in full flow but, as we know, there are some different fortunes for many different franchises this year with the gulf between the very best and the very worst being quite significant. While we don’t want to overstate that too much, the result between New England and Miami emphasised what many of us knew coming in – that there’s just no way of comparing the two in a fair way.
The Revolution ran out emphatic 5-0 winners over Inter and when we say it wasn’t close, the fact it was 4-0 before half-time should tell you all that you need to know.
New England are for real
New England Revolution have been running the show in the Eastern Conference for most of the campaign thus far and if you needed further proof that this trend is probably going to continue, just take one look at this result. The Revolution could’ve come into this game with quite a trepidatious mentality but instead, they came in like a bat out of hell. They weren’t about to give Miami an inch, putting them to the sword before the whistle had even blown to bring the first half to an end.
Big names don’t matter
Higuain, Matuidi and Shawcross aren’t exactly the biggest names in football, but they’re all pretty recognisable. They’ve all got their own identity and they all know the responsibility of helping a new team to find their feet in a league like the MLS. Unfortunately, without the proper structure and guidance, a squad can’t thrive purely based on name value. It’s a lesson that we’ve all come to learn in this sport in the past and we’re pretty confident that trend is going to bleed forward into the future and beyond.
Neville is in trouble
Phil Neville has now seen his team lose six straight games which, in itself, should be enough of a “signed, sealed, delivered” type of moment. There’s a chance he can pull this around but it’s a slim one and even though David Beckham is his friend, the franchise needs to be put above any of that. There needs to be some kind of discussion behind the scenes about what Beckham and the board need to see from Inter Miami in the next few games, because even though there’s no relegation, Neville still needs to prove that he can turn this all around.
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