Lionel Messi has already made one final with Inter Miami and will look to make another one Wednesday in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals. Inter Miami will face FC Cincinnati and Messi is expected to play a major role as the team look to follow up their Leagues Cup triumph over the weekend by booking a spot in the cup competition’s final. The winner of the matchup awaits the winner of the second semifinal between the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake.
Both semifinal matches will air on CBS Sports Golazo Network, but to mark the occasion, Paramount+ will be offering a unique look at the high-stakes encounter with a Star Cam focused specifically on Messi. Here’s what you need to know before turning in.
How to watch Star Cam and odds
- Date: Wednesday, August 23 | Time: 7 p.m. ET
- Location: TQL Stadium — Cincinnati, Ohio
- Live stream: Paramount+
- Odds: FC Cincinnati +210; Draw +265; Inter Miami -104
Messi’s stint in Miami has gone without a hitch. He’s already scored 10 goals in seven games for the club and picked up Leagues Cup golden boot honors alongside the team accolade. The Leagues Cup is the first piece of silverware for Miami, which began play in 2020, and allowed the club to book their first-ever CONCACAF Champions Cup berth. The club has little history of challenging for top honors in American soccer, but their fortunes have changed almost overnight with Messi’s arrival.
Messi’s teammates, though, did well enough in their own right to earn a semifinal berth in the Open Cup before his arrival and will hope he can continue his strong form to keep the run alive. Cincinnati, meanwhile, will become the latest team to answer the age-old question that has yet to be answered during his month-old stint in the United States: How do you defend against Messi? He has scored at least once in every match he’s played so far and the odds favor him to score yet again this week.
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How to watch CBS Sports Golazo Network and Paramount+
The Golazo Network is available via CBSSports.com, the CBS Sports app, Paramount+ and Pluto TV. Paramount+ subscribers can get an up-close look at Lionel Messi’s greatness with the Star Cam, which follows his every move and touch on the pitch. For a limited time, get 50% off an annual plan. That’s $2.50/month for the Essential Plan, or $5/month for the Paramount+ with SHOWTIME plan, for 12 months! Try it for free here.
Stopping Messi has proved impossible so far, and there’s no indication yet that he’s slowing down. That said, with only a few days’ rest from Saturday’s Leagues Cup victory, Messi and his teammates may arrive in Cincinnati with tired legs that could provide some opening for the hosts. Pick: FC Cincinnati 1, Inter Miami 2
Where to buy Messi jersey
Celebrate Lionel Messi’s move to the U.S. with the exclusive range of Inter Miami CF merchandise. You can get the Lionel Messi Inter Miami jersey right here.