Ever since Lionel Messi's arrival last month, the Herons have been enjoying an impressive winning streak, securing three consecutive victories in the competition. Their most recent triumph came in a tense match against Cruz Azul, where Messi's masterclass in the dying moments led them to qualify for the round of 16. The team's recent 4-0 win against Atlanta United during the group stage showcased their strength, and they continued their winning momentum with a dominant 3-1 victory over Orlando City SC, boasting a possession of 64%.
However, Inter Miami has faced challenges on the road, losing nine out of 11 matches in MLS action. Their last away game resulted in a 3-0 defeat against St. Louis City on July 15. Before Messi's arrival, the team struggled, failing to win any of their previous six games, and their chances of making a deep run in the Leagues Cup were not promising. Nonetheless, Messi's impact has been significant, and under the guidance of coach Gerardo Martino, they are now considered the favorites to win the tournament. Messi's move to Inter Miami, owned by David Beckham, on a free transfer after a disappointing two years at PSG, has seen him make an incredible start in the US, fueling his hunger for goals. He aims to continue his scoring streak in their fourth consecutive cup match. With five goals to his name, Messi currently ranks as the second-highest scorer in the 2023 Leagues Cup, just behind Minnesota United's Bongokuhle Hlongwane, who has six goals. Inter Miami's recent roster overhaul, which included players like Sergio Busquets, Messi's former teammate from Barcelona and a nine-time La Liga winner, has proven to be fruitful. Alongside Messi and Busquets, Josef Martinez, a former MLS MVP with over 100 goals in the league, adds firepower to the team's attack. Additionally, Finnish forward Robert Taylor has been making a significant impact with goals and assists in the Leagues Cup matches. Diego Gomez, another new signing, made his debut for Inter Miami, but breaking into the starting midfield, which already boasts stars like Sergio Busquets, Benjamin Cremaschi, and Dixon Arroyo, may prove challenging. The team also relies on Kamal Miller, a 2022 MLS All-Star and Canada national team defender, and DeAndre Yedlin, formerly with Newcastle United, to lead the backline. In goal, they have the talented young goalkeeper Drake Callender, who has received call-ups to the United States men’s national team. Despite dealing with injuries to midfielders Gregore and Jean Mota, as well as ACL injuries for Franco Negri, Corentin Jean, and Ian Fray, and a leg injury for Nicolas Stefanelli, Inter Miami remains determined to impress and overcome their injury woes. Under Gerardo “Tata” Martino's guidance, the team has quickly found their best lineup and will continue to fight for victory in the Leagues Cup. The upcoming Leagues Cup game between FC Dallas and Inter Miami, featuring superstar Lionel Messi, has sparked significant interest in the Metroplex. Tickets made available by FC Dallas sold out in less than 30 minutes, and although you can still find tickets on the re-sale market, they are in high demand. Excited fans showed up early at Toyota Stadium ahead of the Sunday night showdown between FC Dallas and Lionel Messi's Inter Miami. FC Dallas supporters from the El Matador fan group arrived at 11 a.m. to get the party started, grilling and drumming to prepare for the late kickoff. The match will be streamed on Apple TV through its MLS Season Pass, which costs $14.99 a month or $99 for a year on top of the Apple TV subscription. Apple TV has a free trial or buy an Apple device to have Apple TV for three months free. If you prefer to listen to the game, you can do so on the FC Dallas app or on the radio on Talk Radio 1190AM or Zona MX 99.1 (for Spanish commentary). The game kicks off at 8:30 p.m. at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. The winner of the match will move on to the quarterfinals of the Leagues Cup, where they will face the winner of the match between Houston Dynamo FC and Charlotte FC, scheduled for Monday night. The quarterfinal match will be held on either Friday, August 11, or Saturday, August 12. Enjoy "Inter Miami vs. FC Dallas" full sports entertainment with Boardwalk Bite's "Better Than State Fair" eats and treats. You can pair our foot-long corn dogs with our fresh-squeezed lemonades or go with everybody's favorite combo: funnel cakes, chicken tenders basket, kettle corns, and sweet tea. Check our menu now for more exciting fair foods. If you have an event in Texas, we also offer top-notch food truck catering services.