Inter Miami Vs Barcelona was fun to watch as both teams played their best at that time, but the Spanish giants came out as the winners.
In a preseason friendly on Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, we experienced Inter Miami Vs Barcelona as the Spanish side thrashed Inter Miami CF 6-0, with new acquisition Raphinha among the six different scores for the Catalans.
The La Liga heavyweights began their preseason tour of the United States with a lopsided victory thanks to goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ansu Fati, Gavi, Memphis Depay, and Ousmane Dembele.
Spanish teenage sensation Ansu Fati, who is slowly working his way back into form after a long layoff after a series of injuries, scored Barca’s third right before halftime with another pass from Raphinha.
Barca came back to the second half with eleven substitutions but kept dominating and scored three more.
Barca coach Xavi Hernandez was not on the sidelines for the match as he remains in Spain resolving a visa issue ahead of the rest of his team’s tour.
His brother and Barca assistant Oscar took his place for the friendly, with Xavi trying to be in the country ahead of the next Saturday’s preseason Clasico against Real Madrid in Las Vegas.
“I’m very happy to score my first goal and for things having turned out well in my debut. I felt very good. I hope I can continue like this.” Raphinha said after the game. “Of course I would like to score a goal against Real Madrid on Saturday. Scoring always gives confidence and if you do it against a team like Real Madrid even more so.”
Romeo Beckham, the son of team co-owner David Beckham, and Harvey Neville, the son of Miami coach Phil Neville, both entered as substitutes with the match already well in hand for Barcelona.
Barca played Juventus in Dallas, Texas, on July 23, and another MLS team, the New York Red Bull, in Harrison, New Jersey, on July 26, following the match against Real Madrid.
On August 7, they faced Liga MX team Pumas UNAM again at home, and on August 13, they faced Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou to start their 2022–23 La Liga season.
About Inter Miami
Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, known as Inter Miami CF or simply Inter Miami, is one of the well-know American professional soccer clubs based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This club was established in the year 2018 and began playing in the Eastern Conference of the MLS during the 2020 season. The club currently plays its home MLS matches at DRV PNK Stadium, the site of the former Lockhart Stadium.
Inter Miami History
In November 2012, MLS commissioner Don Garber confirmed the league’s renewed interest in placing an expansion franchise in Miami, after the Miami Fusion folded following the 2001 season and an expansion bid led by Miami-based Bolivian telecom entrepreneur Marcelo Claure and FC Barcelona failed in 2009.
When David Beckham, who had received an option to purchase an expansion team at a price of $25 million when he joined the league in 2007, ended his playing career in April 2013, the league held preliminary discussions with Beckham’s advisers about several expansion targets, including Miami.
That same year, other investors, including Italian financier Alessandro Butini and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross expressed interest in owning a Miami franchise as well.
In his December 2013 State of the League address, Garber identified Beckham and Simon Fuller as potential owners in Miami. Later that month, on December 17, Miami-Dade County commissioners voted unanimously to allow Mayor Carlos A. Giménez to negotiate with the Beckham-led group on a new stadium in downtown Miami.
The league announced that Beckham exercised his option on February 5, 2014, and that Miami Beckham United, the investment group led by Beckham, Fuller and Claure, would own an expansion franchise in Miami, assuming that financing for a stadium could be agreed upon. In presentations to officials and potential investors, the ownership group used “Miami Vice” and “Miami Current” as working titles for the club.
After its initial stadium proposals fell through, Commissioner Garber reiterated in August 2014 that the expansion would not be approved until a downtown stadium plan was secured. Beckham bought Fuller out in May 2019.
On January 29, 2018, the Miami Beckham United group, four years after the ownership’s original announcement of pursuing a team, was awarded the twenty-fifth MLS franchise and was set to launch in the 2020 season. The announcement represented part of a larger MLS expansion that would increase its number of teams to 26 by 2020 and 30 after that.
Since Beckham’s original announcement of his intention to place a team in Miami in 2014, Orlando City, New York City FC, Atlanta United, Minnesota United, Los Angeles FC, and FC Cincinnati have all begun MLS play. Paul McDonough was hired as sporting director effective August 4.
The team’s ownership group was later renamed Miami Freedom Park LLC. They announced Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, shortened to Inter Miami CF, as the club’s official name on September 5, 2018