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Player ratings as Herons complete comeback to win fifth-straight match

Player ratings as Herons complete comeback to win fifth-straight match

Matias Rojas stole the show with a goal and an assist while Luis Suarez added his 11th goal of the season as Inter Miami came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 over CF Montreal.

The south Florida side were looking to make it five wins on the bounce against an Eastern Conference foe, while Montreal were aiming to capture their first victory overall since April 13 and avoid sliding further down the table.

It was a fantastic start for the hosts after they weathered the opening storm from Miami. Even though Miami were knocking on the door as Laurent Courtois’ side kept trying to play out from the back, Jules-Anthony Vilsaint found himself with acres of space to run into after a turnover from Miami.

Vilsaint then played Bryce Duke through on goal, and Montreal’s No. 10 put the Canadian side 1-0 in the 22nd minute with a calm effort that nutmegged Drake Callender en route to finding the back of the net.

The dream start continued for the hosts after Vilsaint got in on the action once again. The Miami defense was once again stretched apart as Ariel Lassiter found Vilsaint unmarked just outside the Herons’ penalty area. The 21-year-old looked up and sent in a curling effort that Callender couldn’t keep out to double Montreal’s advantage in the 32nd minute.

Miami managed to pull one back just before halftime in extraordinary fashion. The Herons were awarded a free kick roughly 30 yards out from the Montreal goal; however, Lionel Messi wasn’t on the pitch as he was receiving treatment for a slight knock suffered in an earlier challenge. Up stepped Matias Rojas, who curled home a ridiculous left-footed effort to pull one back for the visitors that stunned everyone inside Stade Saputo.

Montreal’s two-goal lead vanished into thin air after the Herons capitalized on yet another set piece. Julian Gressel sent in an in-swinging corner that Luis Suarez tapped in at the back post to bring the score level at two apiece.

As if the incredible free kick goal wasn’t enough, Rojas decided to get in on the action once more by playing Benjamin Cremaschi though on goal with a perfectly-placed pass over the top of the Montreal defense. Cremaschi — who was making his first start of the 2024 MLS campaign — somehow managed to get the slightest of touches on the ball to guide it into the back of the net and put Miami in front for the first time on the night in the 59th minute.

Miami would hold on for all three points and remain in first place in the Supporters’ Shield standings with 27…

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