By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Chester, Pa. — Lionel Messi made his Philadelphia debut on Tuesday night. And it looked like the Philadelphia Union had the goat of soccer on their mind.
The Union was defeated 4-1 by Inter Miami CF at Subaru Park. The team played lackluster soccer in the first half which led to the defeat.
With the win, Inter Miami will play for the Leagues Cup Championship. They will play fellow Major League Soccer team, the Nashville SC, for the Championship.
Nashville SC defeated Monterrey on Tuesday night in the other semifinal pairing. Monterrey will play the Union on Saturday at Subaru Park in the third-place match.
The Union and Monterrey will play on Saturday at 6 pm in Chester, Pa. Nashville SC and Inter Miami CF will play for the Championship at 9 pm in Nashville, Tennessee.
There were 64 teams in the tournament. However, these were the final four teams.
This was considered to be one of the biggest games in Philadelphia sports history before the contest. However, due to the Union being flat early in the first half, it did not live up to its expectations.
While the game did not live up to the hype, there were more than 20,000 people in attendance. The team sold its 18,500 seating capacity in eight minutes on Saturday.
Then, they were selling standing-room-only tickets that people picked up to see one of soccer’s biggest stars.
Inter Miami jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half. Josef Martinez scored in the third minute.
Lionel Messi then scored in the 20th minute. He scored from about 40 feet away.
Jordi Alba scored for the first time since signing with Inter Miami. He scored in extra time with a 45 + 3 tally.
The next two goals came in the second half. Union’s Alejandro Bedoya scored in the 73rd minute.
Inter Miami scored their fourth goal when David Ruiz scored.© 2007-2023 The Capital Sports Report. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcasted, rewritten, or redistributed.