Inter Miami have fallen to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings in Major League Soccer after a 1-0 defeat to Montreal on Saturday night.
Phil Neville‘s team have now won just twice in the last 12 MLS games and have a miserable points tally of 15 from 14 games. The team has scored only 14 goals in the league so far, too.
DC United’s loss to Toronto – who started the day in last place – means Miami are now rock bottom of the standings.
‘They’re really angry. I’m angry,’ Neville said afterward. ‘ It’s a game we should be winning with the chances we created, the moments that we had. We had three or four incredible opportunities, and with a little more composure, we score goals.
Phil Neville’s Inter Miami have fallen into last place in the MLS Eastern Conference
Miami lost 1-0 to Montreal on Saturday night and have won two out of 12 MLS games
‘I never thought they caused us many problems. We have four games coming up in the next seven to 12 days so everyone has to be ready.’
Miami had 14 shots in the game but again could not take the chances on offer – an issue that is threatening to derail the season.
They almost got a point late in the match when, in extra time, Nicolas Stefanelli had a shot blocked from the center of the box after teammate Benjamin Cremaschi hit the post with a right-footed effort. But that was as close as Miami came to an equalizer as Montreal held on for the victory.
Possession was fairly even in the first 45 minutes – hosts Montreal had eight shots as they tried to get an early advantage but none were on target. In fact, Miami keeper Drake Callender finished with just one save.
But he couldn’t go anything about Offor’s goal early in the second half.
Neville had momentarily lifted the pressure on his shoulders earlier in May with two straight wins against Atlanta United and New England Revolution. But those results may have been a false dawn.
It was a season that promised so much for Miami and Neville – they swooped for Josef Martinez from Atlanta to fill the void left by Gonzalo Higuain’s retirement but the striker has only managed three goals to date in 12 games.
Neville and Miami have also made no secret of their desire to bring Lionel Messi to Major League Soccer, as well.
But with the hundreds of millions on offer from the Saudi league and links of an emotional return to Barcelona that won’t go away, why would Messi join Miami now? The perks of life in the United States are a harder sell with a team that keeps losing.
Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham could have a tough decision to make over Neville
Neville has, at times, looked like he is feeling the pressure. He swore at a reporter last weekend, after the 3-1 loss to Orlando, for interrupting him and then forgot what question he was answering.
Back in March, when the-then Chicago Fire coach Ezra Hendrickson said he exploited Miami’s defending from wide play to beat the team 3-2, Neville called his comments ‘bulls***’, even though Hendrickson appeared to have a point with the manner in how his team scored.
Miami hosts New York Red Bulls next, on Wednesday night. Under the guidance of newly-appointed coach Troy Lesesne, Red Bulls look to be on a bit of a resurgence with seven points in three games before defeat by Seattle Sounders on Saturday.
That run of form, though, had lifted Red Bulls from last place to 13th and only a win away from the playoff spots.
Neville said after the game that Miami need to respond quickly after yet another defeat
It shows Neville and Miami how quickly things can turn around in this league, but it remains to be seen how much time he’ll get to try and change the fortune.
Elsewhere in MLS on Saturday, New England snatched a late 3-3 tie with the Fire thanks to Jozy Altidore’s 83rd minute goal. New York City FC lost 3-1 to Philadelphia, despite going 1-0 ahead.
St Louis won 3-1 against Vancouver while Houston won 2-1 up against Austin. LA Galaxy lost again, 1-0 to Charlotte, while Cincinnati beat Colorado by the same score.
Elsewhere, San Jose and Dallas tied 1-1, as did Minnesota and Real Salt Lake and Atlanta United at Orlando City.