Inter Miami, who are last in the NBA, reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup. The reason: Lionel Messi.
Four games into the FC Barcelona legend’s career, Messi is everything Inter Miami, MLS and fans could hope for. In four League Cup matches, scoring seven goals, three assists and unbeaten, he led Miami through the MLS tournament against Mexico’s Liga MX.
Perhaps Messi’s greatest game is his last, scoring twice in a comeback victory to knock out FC Dallas.
That run continues on Friday against Charlotte, who beat Cruz Azul in the Round of 32 and Houston Dynamo in the Round of 16 to advance to this part of the tournament. Inter Miami is currently the -350 favorite to advance at BetMGM.
The game is scheduled for 8:30 PM ET at Miami’s DRV PNK Stadium and can be streamed using the MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.
The winner of Friday’s game will face the winner of the Philadelphia Union and Queretaro in the semi-finals on Tuesday.