Lionel Messi has ‘humiliated’ the Philadelphia Union, admits coach Jim Curtin – who predicts David Beckham will ‘spend like CRAZY’ to sign more stars
Following Inter Miami’s 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union in the League Cup semi-finals, Union head coach Jim Curtin made an interesting admission about his team.
“I think there’s a little bit of, we were too excited, maybe we showed a little too much respect,” Curtin said.
“We were punished by a good team. We humbled ourselves a bit. They will only get better. This Miami team is going to leave.
“Their property is going to spend like crazy. They are going to make it the best team in the league.
“They could already be the best team in the league. It happens and I think nothing stops them.
Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin ‘humiliated’ after losing to Inter Miami
Lionel Messi and his Miami teammates beat Union 4-1 in the League Cup semi-finals
Union will now face CF Monterrey in the League Cup third-place game
Miami got off to a flying start after Josef Martinez scored just in the third minute after latching on to a long ball and firing home into the far corner.
And soon after, Messi stepped in with a moment of magic.
After picking up a ball thrown his way by Martinez, Messi came forward and, recognizing he was about to be closed down, made the most of the space around him by unleashing a sumptuous strike from the left foot at 35 meters who left social networks. stunned media.
The ball sat low and deflected past Union goalie Andre Blake, nestling in the corner and leaving what had been a traditionally rowdy Philadelphia crowd at Subaru Park stunned and eerily silent.
There was more to come before half-time – Jordi Alba completed a fabulous sweeping move for his first goal in Miami colours, crossing one on one and beating Blake with the composure of a striker like Messi or Martinez .
Philadelphia showed late signs of life after Alejandro Bedoya scored a scrappy goal, but it would be in vain.
Finally, David Ruiz made the game safe for Miami with a smart low finish in the 84th minute to quell any fears of a Union comeback.
The Union will now enter a match for third place against CF Monterrey who were beaten by Nashville FC.