Inter Miami vs Monterrey live score, result, updates, stats from CONCACAF Champions Cup second leg

Facing a 2-1 aggregate deficit, Lionel Messi and Inter Miami travel to hostile territory as they meet Monterrey in Mexico for the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions Cup quarterfinal.

Having missed last week’s home defeat due to injury, Messi will look to come to his new club’s rescue once again, facing an uphill task that many MLS clubs have failed to accomplish. In this year’s competition alone, MLS clubs have suffered defeat in all three trips to Mexico, by a combined 12-3 scoreline.

Yet with Messi on the field, Inter Miami have dug themselves out of holes before. The Argentine carried the Herons to last year’s Leagues Cup title – their first every trophy – and his goals have dragged Inter Miami to results on numerous occasions.

Just two weeks ago, Messi scored a 92nd-minute equalizer to secure a 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy, and he brought Inter Miami a goal back against Nashville SC in the previous Champions Cup round while trailing by a pair en route to a 2-2 draw. If they wish to generate an unprecedented come-from-behind result in this two-legged tie, they’ll need Messi’s heroics yet again, this time in an extremely hostile environment.

The Sporting News is following the Monterrey vs Inter Miami match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

Inter Miami vs Monterrey live score

  Score Goal scorers
Monterrey
Inter Miami

Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. local (10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT)
Location: Estadio BBVA (Monterrey, Mexico)
Referee: Ivan Barton (SLV)

Starting lineups (predicted):

Monterrey (4-2-3-1, right to left): Andrada (GK) — Aguirre, Guzman, Moreno, Arteaga — Romo, Rodriguez — Meza, Canales, Gallardo — Vazquez.

Inter Miami (4-3-3, right to left): Callender (GK) — Weigandt, Aviles, Freire, Alba — Gressel, Busquets, D. Gomez — Messi, Suarez, Afonso.

Inter Miami vs Monterrey: Pre-match commentary, analysis, more

1 hour 30 mins to kick: Benjamin Cremaschi couldn’t have timed his return to the squad better, as Inter Miami will be without the suspended David Ruiz for tonight’s match. It’s unclear whether Cremaschi, fresh off his recovery from hernia surgery, is fit enough to start tonight, but if he is, you’d expect him to slide into the XI straightaway.

Cremaschi was a rising star last season, and is still just 19 years old. He’s eligible to play for both the U.S. and Argentine national team, and accepted a call-up to the United States last year in a friendly, but has not been cap tied to either nation. It’s unlikely his ceiling is that of the Argentina national team, but there’s still high hopes for him as a true No. 8 midfielder.

1 hour 45 mins to kick: Estadio BBVA is one of the most picturesque venues not just in North America, but in the world. What a view!

2 hours to kickoff: The performance by MLS clubs on the road in Mexico in this competition is a sobering reminder of Liga MX’s dominance on a continental level. The last victory in the CONCACAF Champions Cup by an MLS club over a Liga MX opponent on the road came in February of 2019 when Sporting KC won at Toluca by a 2-0 score in the Round of 16.

Since then, MLS clubs have played to 14 defeats and two draws on Mexican soil, all to a combined scoreline of 46-7. MLS clubs have suffered three defeats in three trips to Mexico in this year’s CONCACAF Champions Cup alone, highlighted by a 6-0 thrashing of the Philadelphia Union by Pachuca back in mid-March.

Inter Miami vs Monterrey stats

  • MLS clubs have suffered three defeats in three trips to Mexico in this year’s CONCACAF Champions Cup by a combined 12-3 scoreline.
  • The last victory in the CONCACAF Champions Cup by an MLS club over a Liga MX opponent on the road came in February of 2019 when Sporting KC beat Toluca 2-0 in the Round of 16. Since then, MLS clubs have suffered 14 defeats and two draws on Mexican soil, all to a combined scoreline of 46-7. 
  • Since joining the club last summer, Inter Miami have 12 wins in 18 matches (four draws and one defeat) across all competitions when Lionel Messi starts the match, scoring 41 goals and conceding just 16. With Messi out of the starting lineup, Inter Miami have three wins compared to five draws and eight defeats. The only club to beat Inter Miami with Messi in the starting lineup was Charlotte FC on the final day of the 2023 MLS regular season.

Inter Miami vs Monterrey lineups, team news

Mexican internationals Luis RomoJesus Gallardo, and Gerardo Arteaga are the pillars in this squad, and they added significant talent in the offseason with the arrivals of Jorge Rodriguez from Estudiantes, Sergio Canales from Real Betis, and Brandon Vazquez from FC Cincinnati.

Along with fringe Mexico international Erick Aguirre and retired El Tri veteran Hector Moreno, this team is bursting with talent to the point where head coach Fernando Ortiz is finding it difficult to fit everyone in. Vazquez is forced to split time with Argentine striker German Berterame up front, especially as fitting both Rodriguez and Romo in the midfield often means sacrificing an attacker.

36-year-old Hector Moreno started the first leg alongside Victor Guzman at center-back, and it will be interesting to see if those two are paired together again, or if Sebastian Vegas is brought back into the lineup.

Monterrey projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Andrada (GK) — Aguirre, Guzman, Moreno, Arteaga — Romo, Rodriguez — Meza, Canales, Gallardo — Vazquez.

Monterrey subs (9): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

After coming off the bench for the second half against Colorado on the weekend, Lionel Messi should be fit to start this match, unless Inter Miami wish to play with fire in a must-win match. Luis Suarez was one of many regulars rested over the weekend, but he should return to the lineup alongside Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets.

Unavailable for this match is David Ruiz who was sent off in the first leg and will be suspended here. Not fit to participate is Robert Taylor who was injured in the first leg and will miss a few weeks with a hamstring issue. Serhiy Kryvtsov is also out with a hamstring injury, while Federico Redondo needs a few more weeks to recover from his knee problem. Benjamin Cremaschi may be ready for minutes after making the bench over the weekend as he returns from hernia surgery.

Ian Fray is nearing a return from his third ACL tear, but will be brought back very slowly, while Facundo Farias will miss the season with his own cruciate ligament rupture. 

Inter Miami projected starting lineup (4-3-3): Callender (GK) — Weigandt, Aviles, Freire, Alba — Gressel, Busquets, D. Gomez — Messi, Suarez, Afonso.

Inter Miami subs (9): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

How to watch Inter Miami vs Monterrey

  • Date: Wed, Apr. 11, 2024
  • Time: 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT
  • TV channel (USA): FS1 (English), TUDN (Spanish)
  • Streaming (USA): Fubo, Fox Sports GO, TUDN app/website

Fox Sports holds the English-language broadcast rights to CONCACAF competitions in the United States. Therefore, this match will be televised in English across the United States on FS1. There is also a Spanish-language broadcast available on TUDN.

Both channels are available to stream on Fubo, with a free trial available for new users. There is also streaming on the dedicated in-house apps and platforms for both broadcast partners.

  • TV channel (Canada): OneSoccer
  • Streaming (Canada): Fubo Canada

OneSoccer is the official broadcast partner for CONCACAF competitions in Canada, with this match given priority for the channel. OneSoccer is available to stream on Fubo Canada.

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