The 16th edition of the League Cup is underway, and Inter Miami is still making strides with Lionel Messi creating a storm in the league. With two more goals against Orlando City SC, Lionel Messi has now scored five goals in three matches for Herons, and Nico Estevez will be the latest to try and answer how to stop Lionel Messi. So far, no one has been able to do it, but Martin Pezzella is strong in the net and Dallas’ attack could put pressure on Miami.
Jordi Alba could kick off the match for Miami’s victory over Orlando, while Facundo Farías and Thomas Evils could make their debuts, but as Miami’s depth grows, they’ll have plenty of firepower to compete in the match.
Presenting our narrative, ways to catch the game, and additional insights:
How to Watch and Odds
Date: Sunday, August 6th | Time: 9:30 PM ET
Venue: Toyota Stadium – Frisco, Texas
TV and Live Stream: MLS Season Pass
FC Dallas: As the spotlight shines on Messi’s inaugural international expedition, the Texan team aims to channel their attention toward the game, steering clear of the Messi-mania fervor. Speaking to the media, defender Nkosi Tafari addressed this to some extent, saying, “My interview is only for this aspect of who Lionel Messi is. My interview isn’t being taken because you genuinely care who I am, and that’s fair.”
While players understand that most people want to talk about facing Messi, football is still a game to be played, and Dallas wants nothing more than to create the first team that can surpass Messi and secure a spot in the top eight of the tournament. If they can do that, shifting attention back to the matches at hand will become easier than the spectacle.
Inter Miami: While teams need to figure out how to stop Messi, they should also worry about Robert Taylor, who has three goals and two assists since Messi’s arrival. Due to the late-night games to avoid the heat, Dallas has lost its biggest advantage in the weather, but if Miami can keep their players well-rotated, it will be a challenging team to stop.
Once again, Miami won’t have much trouble advancing in the League Cup as Messi scored a goal and provided two assists to push the team forward. Score: Dallas 1, Miami 3.