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Messi and Inter Miami Dominate the Leagues Cup

The Cooligans are joined by Christine Cupo to react to Lionel Messi’s first trophy with Inter Miami in the 2023 Leagues Cup.


It hasn’t taken Lionel Messi long to make his mark on American soccer.

The legendary footballer won his first trophy with Inter Miami in his initial competition with the club, as they clinched the 2023 Leagues Cup over Nashville. Naturally, Messi scored Miami’s only goal of the match, and it was a beauty.

Christian is joined by Christine Cupo to recap Messi’s hot start in MLS. The two kick things off with a quick tip of the cap to the runner-up:

“We’ve gotta give credit to Nashville, because Nashville played Inter Miami better than any other club in this tournament,” Christian says.

“Messi has a way of... being Messi. He finds holes, even if it seems microscopic to everybody else, and he’ll exploit it,” Christine says.

To put into context just how incredible Messi’s dribbling abilities are, Christian points out that the crowd was cheering every time he lost the ball. It takes a monumental effort just to dispossess him.

The duo wrap things up by circling back to one of the most prevalent questions that arises whenever Messi plays: is he making MLS look bad?

Christine has a simple response:

“Messi has made every league he’s been in look stupid. Why would MLS be the exception?”

Want to hear more from the Cooligans? Check out the full episode, which includes expanded thoughts on the Leagues Cup final and the conclusion of the Women’s World Cup!


Spain are Women’s World Cup Champions! feat. Christine Cupo

  • SPAIN HAVE WON THE WOMEN’S WORLD CUP! La Roja’s 1-0 victory over the Lionesses will go down in history, with Spain becoming the fifth nation to hoist the WWC and the second to win both the men’s and women’s version of the tournament. Christine Cupo of CBS Sports and Attacking Third is in with Christian to recap the final and analyze how the Spanish managed to outlast England. We also ask what Spain’s players’ problems with the FA mean for the legacy of their win, answer some listener questions about the Women’s World Cup, and even touch on Leo Messi leading Inter Miami to Leagues Cup glory. Let us know what you thought of the 2023 Women’s World Cup in the comments!

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