GEODIS Park was a true celebration after Nashville SC's 2-0 victory over CF Monterrey to secure a spot in the final of the 2023 Leagues Cup.
Advancing to the next round not only means the franchise will play in its first international final but also that it will face Lionel Messi and Inter Miami CF in the championship match. This is something the fans are eagerly anticipating.
"We want Messi" was the defiant chant that echoed from every corner of the stands after Fafa Picault scored the second goal that sealed the match against the Rayados in injury time.
The final stands will be adorned in a predominant yellow color, as Nashville SC's stadium was chosen for the decisive match. This will be the first time the Argentine '10' visits the state of Tennessee, and he will do so to compete for yet another title in his career.
Messi has an impressive record with the ersey, having scored nine goals in his first six matches after joining the franchise on July 15. Along with the arrival of Gerardo Martino as coach, Sergio Busquets , and Jordi Alba, the team has gained momentum that significantly transformed its play compared to what they had been displaying in the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer.
Nevertheless, regardless of the outcome, the city of Nashville is already preparing to live a true dream by hosting the current world champion and one of the greatest footballers in history. Nobody could have imagined in February 2020, when the franchise played its first MLS game, that Lionel Messi would be in their home, facing them for a trophy. Now, they will aim for even more.