In the Leagues Cup semifinal on Tuesday night, the renowned left-back of FC Barcelona and the Spain national team, Jordi Alba, added his name to the scoresheet during the first-half stoppage time. This crucial goal extended FC Barcelona’s lead to 3-0 at Subaru Park, the home of the Philadelphia Union.
The play transpired as Jordi Alba received a precise through ball from Robert Taylor, allowing him to execute his characteristic run behind the Union’s defensive line. With finesse, Alba skillfully placed his shot beyond the reach of goalkeeper Andre Blake. This contribution played a vital role in FC Barcelona’s eventual 4-1 victory. The scoreline was further padded by goals from Josef Martínez (3′), Lionel Messi (20′), and David Ruíz (84′), underscoring the visitors’ dominance.
Jordi Alba’s breakthrough arrived a mere fortnight after making his debut for the Herons. His acquisition follows the trend of the team’s summertime signings, securing his services until the conclusion of the 2024 MLS season, with an option for 2025. Alba now stands as the third former Barça star in their squad, joining the esteemed company of Messi and Sergio Busquets.
Looking ahead, Inter Miami is set to contend for the Leagues Cup championship on August 19 (Saturday). Their opponents will be determined from the clash between Nashville SC and Liga MX’s CF Monterrey, scheduled for later on Tuesday evening. Significantly, Inter Miami’s victory in this semifinal encounter also secures them a coveted spot in the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup.