Miami, FL – August 16, 2023 – Jordi Alba, the renowned left-back of both FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team, made a triumphant mark on the field during Tuesday night’s Leagues Cup semifinal. Alba, displaying his exceptional skills, netted his first goal for Inter Miami during first-half stoppage time, solidifying a dominant 3-0 lead against the Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park.
The momentous goal came as Alba executed a signature move, sprinting behind the Union’s defensive line after perfectly timing his run on the receiving end of Robert Taylor’s masterful through ball. With unparalleled finesse, Alba calmly placed his shot beyond the reach of goalkeeper Andre Blake, contributing to the team’s resounding 4-1 victory. The match also saw goals from Josef Martínez (3′), Lionel Messi (20′), and David Ruíz (84′), showcasing Inter Miami’s remarkable offensive prowess.
Alba’s remarkable achievement arrives a mere fortnight after his debut appearance for the Herons. Following Inter Miami’s summer signing spree, the skilled left-back inked a contract that extends through the 2024 MLS season, with an option for 2025. He proudly joins the ranks of former FC Barcelona colleagues Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets, all of whom have taken up the mantle at Inter Miami.
In light of this momentous victory, Inter Miami advances to the Leagues Cup Final, scheduled for August 19 (Saturday), where they will go head-to-head against Nashville SC. This exciting matchup follows Nashville SC’s impressive 2-0 triumph over Liga MX contender CF Monterrey in Tuesday evening’s match. The win not only secures Inter Miami’s place in the Leagues Cup Final but also guarantees them a coveted spot in the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup.
Jordi Alba’s remarkable journey and his triumphant goal in the Leagues Cup semifinal stand as a testament to his unwavering talent and dedication to the game. Inter Miami fans and soccer enthusiasts around the world eagerly anticipate the Leagues Cup Final clash, which promises to be a captivating showdown between two exceptional teams.