Lionel Messi and Inter Miami: Can Messi Lead the Messi Maniacs to League Cup Victory?
On Friday night, in the Quarterfinals of the League Cup, Inter Miami faced off against D.C. United at the Charlotte FC Stadium. Messi and Inter Miami went into halftime leading 2-0 with goals. All Inter Miami games are available to watch on Apple TV with an MLS season pass.
Tonight, Messi has yet to score a goal, but in his first four matches with Inter Miami, he has scored seven goals, leading his team to victory in all matches.
Football enthusiasts, eager to witness the Miami MLS team, co-owned by David Beckham, strive for victory, are looking forward to their fifth game against Inter Miami. The victorious team from the Inter Miami-Charlotte FC match on August 16 will face Philadelphia Union vs. Querétaro in the semifinals.
Halftime: Inter Miami 2, Charlotte FC 0
Although Messi maintained his composure in the first half according to his usual style, he and his Inter Miami teammates are now distancing themselves from the League Cup semifinals.
Joseph Martinez and Robert Taylor scored goals for Inter Miami in the first half, leading 2-0.
Lionel Messi‘s goal attempt was saved by the goalkeeper with a left-footed shot and a left-footed kick in the 30th minute.
If Inter Miami advances, they will face the winner of the Philadelphia Union vs. Querétaro game tonight. Philadelphia currently leads 1-0.
The League Cup semifinals will take place on August 16.
Robert Taylor’s goal: Inter Miami 2, Charlotte FC 0
Even though Messi remained goalless, Inter Miami is leading 2-0 against Charlotte FC.
In the 32nd minute, Robert Taylor scores the leading goal.
Taylor finds the bottom left corner of the net, securing his fourth goal in League Cup matches.
Taylor converted a penalty kick, securing a 1-0 lead for Inter Miami in the 12th minute, countering Charlotte’s penalty.
Where Can We Watch Messi Play with Inter Miami Tonight?
All Inter Miami games are available to watch on Apple TV with an MLS season pass.
However, fans seeking to watch free streaming of the game are searching for options: On August 23, the Inter Miami US Open Cup semifinal match will be streamed on CBS Sports Golazo Network.
Can Messi Score Within Five Minutes?
Lionel Messi Already a Record-Setter for Inter Miami
In his four matches with the MLS franchise, Messi has already become one of the all-time top scorers for Inter Miami. With seven goals, Messi is tied for fourth place with Satiarth
Martinez, former Inter Miami player Luis Morgan, and Rodolfo Pizarro.
Messi’s next goal will tie him with Satiarth Robert Taylor (8) for the third-highest scorer in Inter Miami history.
After that, the ascent truly begins.
Leonard Campana scored 16 goals, making him the second-highest scorer of all time, while Gonzalo Higuain leads with 29 goals.
Messi, Busquets, and Alba Start for Inter Miami
Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba – former FC Barcelona standouts – will begin their second match with Inter Miami tonight.
Lionel Messi Highlight in Inter Miami
Messi’s three braces or two-goal performances have come in his last three matches. And each time, he scored in the first 10 minutes of the match. Therefore, Inter Miami’s Messi-initiated games have started quickly.
In his last game, the first road game in Dallas, he scored an 85th-minute free-kick goal to complete Inter Miami’s comeback from 4-4, which was decided by a penalty shootout. Inter Miami lost to Dallas 5-3 in penalties.
Messi also scored the game-winning goal in extra time in his Inter Miami initiation.
In his most recent pair of matches alongside the team, Messi has seamlessly navigated through the full duration of play. Inaugurating his Inter Miami journey from the bench, he gracefully sustained his presence on the pitch until the 78th minute during his subsequent encounter.
When Will Messi Next Play?
If Inter Miami wins tonight, they will face Philadelphia Union vs. Querétaro in the semifinals on August 16.
If Inter Miami is eliminated from the League Cup, their next scheduled match will be against FC Cincinnati in the US Open Cup on August 23.
What is the League Cup?
It is a 47-team tournament that pits Major League Soccer (MLS) teams against Liga MX teams from Mexico.
Friday is hosting the Quarterfinals. The semifinals will take place on August 16. The final and the third-place match will be held on August 19.
The other matches in the Quarterfinals are:
Philadelphia Union vs. Querétaro FC, 8:00 PM ET
Nashville SC vs. Minnesota United, 8:30 PM ET
Los Angeles FC vs. CF Monterrey, 10:30 PM ET.
What is Inter Miami’s 2023 MLS schedule?
August 20: Against Charlotte FC, 7:30 PM ET
August 23: FC Cincinnati (U.S. Open Cup), 7:00 PM ET
August 26: New York Red Bulls, 7:30 PM ET
August 30: Against Nashville SC, 7:30 PM ET
September 3: Los Angeles FC, 10:30 PM ET
September 9: Against Sporting Kansas City, 7:30 PM ET
September 16: Atlanta United, 7:30 PM ET
September 20: Against Toronto FC, 7:30 PM ET
September 24: Orlando City SC, 7:30 PM ET
September 30: Against New York City FC, 7:30 PM ET
October 4: Chicago Fire FC, 8:30 PM ET
October 7: Against FC Cincinnati, 7:30 PM ET
October 21: At Charlotte FC, 6:00 PM ET