Inter Miami extended its unbeaten streak to four matches following a dramatic 2-1 victory against Nashville SC at DRV PNK Stadium. Aston Villa loanee Indiana Vassilev scored the match winner in the dying embers of the match.
Vassilev was overjoyed to have scored his first goal for Inter Miami and emphasized how his contribution is simply a culmination of the team’s dominant performance throughout the match.
“Just a burst of pure joy when [the goal] was given,” said Vassilev.
“At the end of the day, I think the team deserved it. I think we were the better team today and I think that was a result of how we played for the full 90 minutes. I thought we controlled the game really well and we got what we deserved.”
Since joining in July, Vassilev is working to ensure that he helps fulfill the goals that Inter Miami is working toward every single game. That teamwork and collective action is what drives him to perform well whenever the coach calls upon him.
“Since I’ve been here I think the whole team has kind of come together and we’ve gelled really well and we’ve got a common goal that we want to work toward. So whether that’s me starting or me on the bench, it makes it much easier to try and come on and make an impact because I’m not doing it for myself, I am doing it for the team.”
Head coach Phil Neville has also embraced Vassilev’s presence in the team as his infectious positivity and energy within the squad has kept the team’s spirit up.
“He’s been an absolute breath of fresh air and…every time he’s come on he’s made an impact. Every time he steps inside the training ground he has this incredible energy. People feed off that energy and there's a positivity, there’s a smile, there’s a ‘morning’, there’s a ‘goodbye’. There’s an energy about the kid that seemed to have been infectious around the group,” said Neville.
Vassilev ensures this positive environment within the squad by giving it his all in training and on the pitch and motivating his teammates to do the same.
“It’s a team sport and everyone has to be involved and give it their all if you’re going to create a good environment. So that’s what I’ve been trying to do coming in,” concluded Vassilev.