Inter Miami FC has eliminated Nashville SC from both the US Open Cup (2-1 win in the fifth round) and Leagues Cup (penalty shoot-out win in the final) this year. In MLS play, however, Nashville SC has lost only one of seven meetings with Inter Miami FC (W4 D2, including playoffs).
Inter Miami FC is unbeaten in nine straight matches in all competitions (W6 D3, including 3 penalty shoot-out wins), the longest run in club history. Inter Miami FC
has scored 27 goals in those nine matches after scoring 28 goals in its first 26 games this season.
Nashville SC has lost six of its last seven regular-season matches, including a club record four in a row. Nashville SC’s 4-0 loss at Atlanta United FC on Saturday was the heaviest defeat in club history (in all competitions)
Lionel Messi (36 years, 63 days) is the fourth-oldest player in MLS history to score on his debut after Hugo Sanchez (37 years, 312 days) for FC Dallas in 1996. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (36 years, 179 days) for the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2018, and Billy Sharp (37 years, 202 days), who also did so on Saturday for the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Lionel Messi has contributed to at least goals in each of his first nine appearances in all competitions with Inter Miami FC (11 goals, 3 assists). Messi has recorded a goal contribution in 10 or more consecutive club matches six times before in his career, most recently with Barcelona in 2018 (12 straight).