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Messi and Inter Miami Eliminated From CONCACAF Champions Cup

Monterrey Won 3-1 Allowing the Mexican Club to Advance to the Semifinals

Miami Continues to Struggle

David Beckham has ambitious dreams for his club. He envisions Inter Miami as a regular headline-grabber in soccer news, a team dominating both MLS and continental competitions. However, the current reality paints a different picture.

Inter Miami’s aspirations for continental glory came crashing down as they suffered a humbling defeat at the hands of Monterrey. Despite boasting an impressive lineup featuring stars like Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba, Inter Miami failed to overcome an inspired Monterrey side, marking a disappointing end to their campaign.

Messi and Inter Miami Eliminated From CONCACAF Champions Cup
Inter Miami's Argentine forward Lionel Messi | Yuri Cortez / AFP


Monterrey’s Dominance

From the very beginning, it was clear which team meant business. Monterrey’s balanced attack and cohesive play were simply too much for Inter Miami CF to handle. Even though Inter had some big names on the roster, their performance revealed some deeper issues that need to be addressed.

We saw a frustrated Leo Messi sprinting alone in Monterrey’s half, desperately trying to win the ball back. But here’s the thing: none of his Inter Miami teammates were there to support him. This lack of coordinated effort laid bare some underlying issues within the Inter Miami squad. Even a superstar like Messi can’t work miracles if the team isn’t playing as a cohesive unit.




A Shocking Outcome

The outcome of the match was a surprise to many, as Monterrey emerged victorious with a resounding overall scoreline of 5-2. This defeat marks the fourth time in the past six years that MLS has had only one representative among the final four teams in the tournament, underscoring the challenges faced by North American clubs in the CONCACAF Champions Cup.

In the second leg of the quarter-final clash between Monterrey and Inter Miami, the Mexicans asserted their dominance early on, breaking the deadlock midway through the first half. Despite a valiant effort from Inter Miami, Monterrey extended their lead with two more goals in the second half, ultimately securing a comprehensive victory.

So, Inter Miami’s dream run in the CONCACAF Champions Cup came to a crashing halt. This wasn’t just any tournament for their manager, Tata Martino, who called it “possibly the most important” of the year. The loss also means Inter Miami misses out on a chance to compete in the prestigious 2025 FIFA Club World Cup.

With this early exit, Inter Miami’s season takes a sharp turn. Their focus now shifts entirely to domestic competitions. The Inter Miami schedule features familiar foes like Sporting KC, Nashville SC, and New England. These are teams Inter Miami has faced before, and on paper, they’re matchups where Inter Miami can bounce back and regain their winning form.

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