Inter Miami fans hate Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuaín for meandering into his own half as his struggling MLS teammates try to mount an attack, with Phil Neville’s side scoreless in SEVEN games
- Gonzalo Higuaín looked breathless in the 35th minute during his team’s attack
- Higuain said in June that he thought Major League Soccer would be easy enough for him to play with a “cigarette” in his mouth
- Instead, he was surprised by the competitiveness of the MLS compared to Italy’s Serie A, having scored four goals in seven league games this season.
- Inter Miami’s 1-1 draw with Philadelphia was the team’s first point in seven games
Inter Miami fans were quick to support star striker Gonzalo Higuain after he appeared disinterested in contributing to his team’s attack against Philadelphia Union in a video that has gone viral.
The clip shows Higuain walking very slowly with his head down instead of making contact with his teammates on the Philadelphia half, with the scores standing at 0-0.
To make matters worse, the incident happened in just the 35th minute of the game.
That’s not really what you want to see from a player who reportedly earns a base salary of $7 million a year, is it? That makes him the highest paid player in the MLS, by the way.
The 2014 World Cup finalist was heavily criticized on social media for causing a storm on Twitter.
Many Twitter users harassed Higuaín for an alleged lack of effort, but some said the clip didn’t tell the full story
However, Higuain somewhat proved his doubters wrong with a stylish second-half assist to team-mate Robbie Robison’s goal to give Inter Miami the lead.
Robinson’s goal came from a first pass by Higuain with his back to the opposition goal to put his team-mate behind and ensure a controlled finish.
It was the former Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus striker’s second assist of the season, but he has yet to show anything close to its best form in America.
Inter Miami striker Robbie Robinson (19) looks at the crowd after a goal on an assist from Gonzalo Higuaín (9)
On his debut, Higuain missed a penalty and then started a fight when Miami fell to a 0-3 loss to the Philadelphia Union.
In June, he told ESPN that he thought Major League Soccer would be easy enough for him to play with a “cigarette” in his mouth.
The Argentine, who has scored four goals in seven league games this season, said he was surprised by the competitiveness of the MLS compared to Italy’s Serie A.
The draw with Philadelphia ends a six-game lost run for Neville’s side, which has left them without a win since May. The former Lionesses boss insists he has the full support of Beckham and the board despite the disappointing campaign so far.
In any case, Neville and Beckham are going to want a lot more from their star man. Otherwise, the franchise will remain at the bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference table for quite some time.
Phil Neville’s first stint in club management so far has been an unmitigated disaster, with Miami racking up just nine points from their first 13 games.
In Miami’s next game, they will face Montreal, which is currently 17 places up in seventh place.
Can Beckham’s side finally end their scoreless run? Right now you wouldn’t want to put any money on it to pick up the much needed three points.