Another Inter Miami game, another milestone! Our very own soccer club, Inter Miami CF, pulled an incredible feat against Nashville in Saturday’s Leagues Cup final, clinching the team’s first title in a 9-10 penalty shootout that had onlookers at the edge of their seats.
In a thrilling back-and-forth, the match tied at 1-1 and it all came down to penalties. Ten out of Inter Miami’s eleven takers netted their shots, but it wasn’t until goalkeeper Drake Callender saved his opposite number’s spot kick that secured the coveted piece of silverware for the team. The Boys in Pink embraced each other after the victory and Lionel Messi was tossed in the air by his overjoyed teammates.
Although Inter Miami sits last in MLS standings, the win is a historic one, as it brings the club its first official title and secures them a spot in the 2024 Concacaf Champions League Round of 16.
“Today we became champions and the truth is it feels really good. It also helps us continue to grow, to continue maintaining our ambition,” said head coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino on the team’s website. “I think we have more clarity on what can happen in the future after winning this title just 30-35 days after starting with the Club.”
Messi followed up his Leagues Cup victory by becoming the player with the most trophies in the history of the sport — 44. He also finished the tournament with his scoring streak of 10 goals in seven matches since joining Inter. We can only imagine what’s next in store for him and the MLS team.
Inter Miami will return to the pitch for the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, August 23. They will face FC Cincinnati at TQL Stadium in Ohio, beginning at 7 p.m.
For fans looking to catch the action, tickets are currently on sale on the U.S. Soccer website.