Lionel Messi and Inter Miami have made the Leagues Cup final – but when does the game kick off against Nashville and how can I watch on TV?
- Inter Miami’s most recent win came in a 4-1 victory vs the Philadelphia Union
- The Miami magician has scored in every game since suiting up with the team
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Lionel Messi’s magical start to soccer in the United States continued on following Inter Miami’s 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union in the Leagues Cup Semifinal.
Miami jumped out to an incredibly early start when, scoring their first goal against the Union after only three minutes and cruising to a win in what was expected to be the toughest test for Messi and his teammates to date.
The World Cup winner – who scored himself from range in the 20th minute – will now get the chance to make an addition to his trophy cabinet for the first time in a Miami uniform, just over a month of being the made the face of the franchise.
Miami has also secured a spot in the CONCACAF Champions Cup by making it to the Leagues Cup Final.
Here, Daily Mail provides the answers ahead of what is an extremely highly anticipated cup final.
When is the Final?
Messi and Inter Miami will take the field again on Saturday August 19th when they face off against Nashville FC.
Nashville defeated Monterrey 2-0 in the second semifinal on Tuesday night to set up the showdown against Messi and his men.
Sam Surridge and Fafa Picault got the decisive goals for Nashville in the second half of that game.
Lionel Messi and Inter Miami have advanced the 2023 League Cup Final for the first time ever
What time is kickoff and where can I watch it
As of now, the only place fans will be able to view the contest will be on Apple TV+ through the MLS Season Pass subscription.
The game will be held on Saturday night with a kickoff time of 9pm Eastern Time.
It will be held at Geodis Park in Nashville, which is a 30,000-seater stadium.
Fans planning to attend the game will be able to watch Messi play in Nashville on Saturday
Those not in the stadium can catch the match on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV+
How did Miami get there?
Messi announced his arrival to the American soccer scene with a game-winning free kick against Cruz Azul in the opening match of the competition when he made his debut.
Miami followed that up with a 4-0 beatdown of Atlanta United which saw Messi pick up two goals and an assist.
The next round of competition saw a 3-1 defeat of in-state rivals Orlando City, with the Argentine scoring twice again.
This was followed up by a thrilling Round of 16 clash that saw Messi score the first and fourth goals for his team before converting a penalty to help win the game.
Miami was able to keep putting on goal-scoring showcases was the then defeated Charlotte FC 4-0.
Finally Miami walked into what was expected to be a challenging battle against the Union before securing a 4-1 win to advance to the semifinals.
Messi has been nothing short of magical as he as fueled Miami through in their League Cup run
Who will Inter Miami be facing?
Miami and Messi will face off against Nashville FC. Nashville defeated Monterrey 2-0 in their Semifinal matchup to advance to the final.
Nashville’s road to meeting Miami in the final saw them also win a entertaining 5-0 contest against Minnesota.
Nashville has a chance to create its own history and bring the first title ever to the state of Tennessee. The Titans and Predators have never won their respective titles in the NFL or NHL.
Inter Miami will now face off against Nashville FC following their victory against Monterrey
Have Miami won the Leagues Cup before
If Inter Miami are able to win the Leagues Cup it would be their first time lifting the trophy in both its current and former forms.
The Leagues Cup was recently expanded to include an array of teams from MLS and Liga MX as well.
After being founded in 2018, Miami are yet to lift any cup so Messi’s first trophy with the team could become the franchise’s first one in its relatively short history.
Not only will it be Messi’s first chance to win a trophy with Miami but the team’s first as well