The July Rebirth Of Inter Miami… Kind Of
But the team also invested on the youth side by bringing in midfielder and defender .
The idea wasn’t just to bring in the best player in the world — and provide him a swift exit from an otherwise nasty position in Paris — but to completely overhaul the roster.
And to provide the offensive firepower that’s been sorely lacking.
It worked… for a bit.
An unbeaten run to the 2023 Leagues Cup title followed by a push to the U.S. Open Cup final showed flashes of what we fans have been thirsting for at Inter Miami — attack, attack, attack.
Then, the international break happened where the rigors of the MLS and tournament schedule caught up to players like Messi and Alba — leaving them mostly unavailable for Inter Miami’s subsequent matches.
We can’t lay blame on Messi or Alba. Players need rest. We can’t expect them to run through that kind of a schedule and not need a break of some kind… otherwise, we risk long-term injury, and we certainly don’t want that.
But, knowing your stars are going to be out allows other players to shine… especially in light of the fact that I don’t believe this Inter Miami roster overhaul is done.
Outside of a few instances, that simply didn’t happen.
Inter Miami boss Tata Martino did what he could to adjust the tactics, but it didn’t yield the results we came to expect after the Leagues Cup run.