NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Inter Miami CF co-owner David Beckham known as his aspect’s penalty shootout conquer Nashville SC within the Leagues Cup closing “a very special night” and praised fellow homeowners Jorge and Jose Mas as “the perfect partners.”
Miami was pushed to the restrict by Nashville, who fought again from a first-half Lionel Messi objective to equalize via Fafà Picault within the 57th minute. The Herons have been then poised to win the shootout with their fifth try, solely for Nashville keeper Elliot Panicco to avoid wasting Victor Ulloa’s try. The shootout continued into the eleventh spherical when each keepers have been known as on to shoot. Miami’s Drake Callender drilled dwelling his spot kick after which saved Panicco’s effort to present Miami an unbelievable match victory.
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“Tonight was a very special night, I think for, not just for our club, [but] for our fans, players, our families, and all of our staff that have been involved in this journey with us,” Beckham stated. “But it wasn’t easy. Tonight was a very difficult game. Nashville put up an incredible fight. It was very close at the end, and congratulations to them as a club, as an organization and as players, because it was a very difficult game. But it was just our night tonight.”
Beckham recalled his personal issue with penalty shootouts, together with a miss within the knockout rounds towards Portugal at Euro 2004.
“I’m not the biggest fan of penalties,” he joked. He then added, “It’s never easy watching these games end like this. And for the teams that actually don’t end up winning, it’s a tough moment. But every [Miami] penalty was incredible.”
Beckham might recognize the victory extra than simply about anybody else. He started his quest to place an MLS enlargement group in Miami in 2014, solely to undergo quite a few setbacks by way of discovering further buyers, in addition to a path to a stadium deal. But his fortunes started to alter in 2017 when he introduced on Jorge and Jose Mas as co-owners. The three males then purchased out Masayoshi Son and Marcelo Claure in 2021.
“It’s been a long journey for me,” Beckham stated. “But a few years back, I found the perfect partners to be on this journey with me, and the perfect family, and that was the Mas family. To be on this journey with them makes it even more special because as a family, they care about not just each other. They care about their city. They care about the club, everybody that’s in the club, and that means something to me.
“So we began this journey and it has been a protracted one. I at all times knew that there was going to be bumps within the street alongside the way in which, and there was too many, to be trustworthy. But tonight is an evening that we’re going to take pleasure in.”
Beckham also addressed the implication that Miami was given favorable treatment during the tournament.
“People maintain saying that each time Leo scores one in every of these objectives, each time [Sergio Busquets] makes one in every of these passes, each time Jordi [Alba] makes one in every of these runs, folks say, ‘Is it a repair? And it is the most important praise anybody can provide these gamers as a result of it is sort of a film,” he said.
“You watch these gamers play, and it is emotional watching them as a result of all the things about their play is gorgeous. Everything about their mannerism is gorgeous. Everything about them as people off the pitch is gorgeous. So after they play, it is emotional.”