Inter Miami CF plays FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET, as Messi Mania continues in the Leagues Cup.
In three games, Lionel Messi has scored five goals, two of which came in Wednesday night’s Round of 32 victory over Orlando City SC by the score of 3-1.
The dynamic trio of Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba will now represent Inter Miami on the road for the first time, with tickets at Toyota Stadium selling out in just 22 minutes.
The Inter Miami-FC Dallas winner will play the winner of the Houston Dynamo FC-Charlotte FC match in the quarterfinals on August 11–12. Messi and Inter Miami take on FC Dallas in a Leagues Cup semifinal match at 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 6.
Inter Miami will take a lengthy layoff until the start of the MLS regular season on August 20 if it is eliminated from the Leagues Cup. Live streaming of the Inter Miami-FC Dallas match is available on Apple TV’s MLS Season Pass.
Here are some other notable Inter Miami players outside of the much-heralded Messi-Busquets-Alba trio:
Robert Taylor: Messi seems to have discovered his new assist man in the winger from Finland. Taylor, who is in his second season with Inter Miami, has accounted for three goals and three assists in Miami’s three Leagues Cup wins.
DeAndre Yedlin: After spending nearly ten years playing in Europe, the veteran of the USMNT who has participated in two World Cups joined Inter Miami in 2022. Up until he gave Messi the privilege, Yedlin wore the captain’s armband.
Josef Martinez: Josef Martinez, who scored 19 goals in Atlanta United’s inaugural season in 2017, was a revelation for the club. Martinez was traded to Miami in January 2023 after another successful season in Atlanta in 2019 was interrupted by injuries and disputes with team management.