Leagues Cup semifinal:
Inter Miami beat Philadelphia Union
Inter Miami beat Philadelphia Union: Bryce Duke scored twice to lead the way for Inter Miami in their2️⃣-1️⃣ Leagues Cup semifinal success over Philadelphia Union.
- Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2023
- Location: DRV PNK Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Score: Inter Miami 2, Philadelphia Union 1
- Inter Miami: Leonardo Campana (20′), Bryce Duke (54′, 72′)
- Philadelphia Union: Julian Carranza (54′)
- Attendance: 19,200
Inter Miami achieve much thanks to the success.
They are currently one step away from winning the competition and are the first MLS team to host a Leagues Cup semifinal.
Miami gains confidence from its victory ahead of the start of the Major League Soccer season.
Philadelphia may still be proud of their season while being disappointed by the setback.
They are the current Leagues Cup champions, and this year they were one of the favourite to repeat as champions.
Philadelphia will use this loss as a wake-up call, but they’ll return the following year stronger than ever.
- Founded: 2018
- Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Stadium: DRV PNK Stadium
- Colors: Pink, black, and white
- Captain: Leandro González Pirez
- Notable players: Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuaín, Blaise Matuidi
- Founded: 2008
- Location: Chester, Pennsylvania
- Stadium: Subaru Park
- Colors: Blue and gold
- Captain: Alejandro Bedoya
- Notable players: Julian Carranza, Mikael Uhre, Jamiro Monteiro
Key moments in the Inter Miami vs Philadelphia Union match:
20th minute: Campana’s powerful shot from within the area result in Inter Miami’s first goal of the game. With a wonderful soccer, Duke, who was instrumental in the goal, gave Campana room to work.
54th minute: Philadelphia’s Carranza scored a goal from close range to tie the score. Carranza was able to beat Inter Miami goalkeeper Nick Marsman by heading the ball past him after Mikael Uhre crossed the ball into the box.
72nd minute: Duke hit a strong shot from outside the area to score the game’s second goal. Inter Miami took a permanent lead thanks to the goal, which upset the fans.
89th minute: After a careless challenge on Philadelphia’s Alejandro Bedoya, Gregore earn a second yellow card and was so dismissed. Inter Miami played the game’s last 11 minutes down a player due to a red card.
90+3 minutes: Higuaín had a chance to seal the victory for Inter Miami with a penalty kick, but he hit the ball wide of the net. The miss was costly, but Inter Miami was able to hold on for the win.
Despite playing down a man for the final 11 minutes of the game, Inter Miami managed to hold on for the victory in front of a loud crowd. Inter Miami’s victory is significant since it makes them the first MLS team to host a Leagues Cup semifinal and moves them closer to the championship. Miami gains confidence from the victory ahead of the start of the Major League Soccer season.
On September 22, Inter Miami and Club América will square off in the Leagues Cup final.
The current Leagues Cup champions, Club América, will be a challenging foe.
Miami, though, will be optimistic by their victory over Philadelphia and will be aiming to take home their first major prize