Things are about to get a lot more interesting for Inter Miami and its fans: one of soccer’s most storied clubs is in town this week for a friendly.
FC Barcelona, yes, that Barcelona, also known as Barça, takes on Inter Miami at Fort Lauderdale’s DRV PNK Stadium on Tuesday, July 19 at 8 p.m. jump onto the pitch in a stadium with just 18,000 seats. As of last weekend, tickets remained available on the secondary market, ranging from a starting price of $140 to $11,000 a step away from being on the team.
The game against Barça is a success for David Beckham’s Inter Miami and comes after the signing of Spanish midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo, the best player to wear the pink kit on his head to date. Despite being a huge underdog for the La Liga giants, the mere fact that Barca chose to visit Miami lends credibility and pushes football even further as the team prepares to move from Broward to Miami and sign stars. bigger.
Barça have never played Inter Miami, but this will be the club’s fourth appearance in Miami: the team has faced Chivas Guadalajara (2011), Real Madrid (2017) and Napoli (2019), and currently all games are played in the stadium. known as HardRock. Barcelona’s past appearances have included recognizable names like Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo. Although the names this time around – Pique, ter Stegen, Dembele, Busquets, Pedri and American Sergiño Dest – may not be familiar to casual fans, the mystique surrounding the team endures and is well earned.
Inter Miami enters the game looking for a spark for a disappointing 2022 campaign, or at least something to build on as a positive. Through 19 games, Inter languishes in the bottom half of the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference standings with a record of 7W-9L-4D.
In the end, Inter Miami and its fans can be proud that one of the best clubs in the game gave them the time of day.