The Inter Miami starting lineup is usually headlined by Lionel Messi, arguably the best soccer player of all time, and while he was expected to be back in the XI for the US Open Cup Final against Houston Dynamo, he ended up missing that fixture, a 2-1 loss. Since the World Champion has come to South Florida, the men in pink have been on fire, but they’re still on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture. Messi may still be out for a huge upcoming clash against the top team in the Eastern Conference, so let’s take a look at how Inter Miami could line up for their match as they host FC Cincinnati on October 7th.
Inter Miami Starting 11 Vs. Cincinnati FC
- GK- Drake Callender (USA)
- LB- Noah Allen (USA)
- CB- Kamal Miller (Canada)
- CB- Serhiy Kryvstov (Ukraine)
- RB- DeAndre Yedlin (USA)
- MF- Dixon Arroyo (Ecuador)
- MF- Sergio Busquets (Spain)
- MF- Benjamin Cremaschi (USA)
- LW- Facundo Farias (Argentina)
- ST- Josef Martínez (Venezuela)
- RW- Robert Taylor (Finland)
Without Messi, Inter failed to lift their second trophy of the season, so now their sole focus will be to secure a spot in the MLS playoffs. Messi was expected to be back for the US Open Cup final, after being held out of the starting XI for Sunday’s match, but now he’s missed a few games, so it’s quite unclear what his status might be against Cincinnati, who currently sit in the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Messi is obviously the catalyst for Inter, as he almost-immediately led them to their first-ever trophy, but this lineup doesn’t just start and end with the Argentine superstar, so let’s take a look at some familiar faces and young talents who will play with him out of Miami’s lineup, which will likely be similar to what we saw in the US Open Cup final if Messi and Jordi Alba are out again.
Inter Miami Position Groups
The Inter Miami roster, as with any soccer roster, features 4 separate position groups — Goalkeepers, Defenders, Midfielders, and Forwards. Below is a brief breakdown of each that aims to provide insight into how they stack up against other competition in the MLS.
Inter Miami Goalkeepers
American Goalkeeper Drake Callender impressed viewers with a strong performance in the Cup Final against Nashville, both from open play and in the long shootout. He’s been outstanding throughout Miami’s winning run, and has tightened his grip on the starting job ahead of backups Carlos Dos Santos and Cole Jensen
Inter Miami Defenders
Messi brought some friends with him when he signed with Miami, one of which was legendary Barcelona left back Jordi Alba, who has adjusted well to the MLS at age 34 with an average match rating well over 7.00, but he is currently hurt as well. The fullback opposite Alba is DeAndre Yedlin, the only player to represent the USMNT in both the 2014 and 2022 World Cups. In between the two are Team Canada starter Kamal Miller and Ukranian centre-back Serhiy Kryvstov. Injured Argentine Franco Negri leads the team with an average FotMob rating of 7.30, and Christopher McVey has picked up some playing time in his absence. American youngster Noah Allen started in Alba’s spot as the Spanish legend sat out the US Open Cup final, and was a relative bright spot in the loss.
Inter Miami Midfielders
American teenager Benjamin Cremaschi has been strong in midfield for Inter, and is near the top of the team lead with four league assists. Dixon Arroyo is near the top of all qualifying and healthy Miami players with a FotMob rating of 6.87, as these two players flank another veteran of a much higher caliber. That would be Sergio Busquets, another Barça legend who came over to play with Messi once again. The legendary possession maestro has been immediately transformative to Inter’s midfield, pulling the strings for Leo once more. Jean Mota has also chipped in three league assists in just 13 matches, and David Ruiz has struggled at age 19 but shown some promise, and scored a huge opening goal in the match against Orlando.
Inter Miami Forwards
It should go essentially without saying that Messi has been the man as far as forwards go for Inter Miami, as he ripped in 11 goals in his first 9 games with the club. But of course, this team existed before he arrived, and their leading scorer for the season in the league when Messi arrived was Venezuelan Josef Martinez who has now scored 7 goals while Finland’s Robert Taylor has made 26 MLS appearances, many off the bench, and contributed four goals and five assists. Leonardo Campana played more before Messi’s arrival but picked up two key goals with Leo playing for Argentina, and he’s now racked up nine goals and two assists across 24 league matches. With Messi injured, Inter used fellow Argentine Facundo Farias in his right wing spot, while American Robbie Robinson started over on the left.
Inter Miami Full Roster
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Inter Miami Starting 11 FAQ
- Who Is Inter Miami’s Starting Goalkeeper?
- Who Is Inter Miami’s Starting Striker?
- Who Is Inter Miami’s Best Player?
Who Is Inter Miami’s Starting Goalkeeper?
Young American keeper Drake Callender mans the net for Inter Miami. The 25 year old played his college soccer for the University of California, Berkeley, and came up through the San Jose Earthquakes youth system, but made his senior debut with Miami affiliate Fort Lauderdale in USL League One. After his Cup final heroics against Nashville, Callender was named both Man of the Match, and Goalkeeper of the Tournament
Who Is Inter Miami’s Starting Striker?
Venezuelan international Josef Martinez and Ecuador’s Leonardo Campana have split duties as Miami’s top striker, Campana leads the team with nine goals in MLS play, while Martinez has scored seven, and even has some European experience after stints with Torino in Italy and Young Boys in Switzerland.
Who Is Inter Miami’s Best Player?
This question has a pretty straightforward answer- Miami’s best player, and perhaps the best player ever, is Lionel Messi. The Argentine legend has taken Miami from last place to contender seemingly overnight by scoring 11 goals in his first 9 matches with the club, only failing to score in one of those contests.