How and where to watch Inter Miami vs Charlotte FC on TV and live stream

Lionel Messi looks to inspire Inter Miami’s continued Leagues Cup run on Friday night in Fort Lauderdale at what promises to be a packed DRV Pink Stadium. The World Cup winner scored twice against Dallas and converted in the penalty shootout to set up this quarter final tie. The visitors, Charlotte FC, arrive after a dramatic turnaround in Texas against Houston Dynamo. Here is where to watch Inter Miami vs Charlotte on TV.

Lionel Messi for Inter Miami
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Inter Miami vs Charlotte FC TV coverage and live streaming options

Worldwide attention is fixed on South Florida since Lionel Messi’s move to Miami, and this game will see fans tune in from all over the globe. The game will kick off at 8:30pm local time which is early 01:30am (Saturday morning) for UK viewers.

TV and live streaming options for Inter Miami vs Charlotte FC

All the Leagues Cup games are included in the MLS season pass on Apple TV+ which existing subscribers can add on to their package. It is also available to non-existing subscribers for a one-off fee.

In the US Apple TV+ offers in-game commentary in both English and Spanish. If you are late to kick off there is an option to watch from the beginning of the game.

Apple have bought Global rights to the MLS for the next 10 years so this is currently the best way to tune in and watch Lionel Messi and co.

Inter Miami vs Charlotte FC how they got here

Both sides were in action in Texas in the Last 16 as Inter Miami traveled to Frisco to play FC Dallas while Charlotte were at the Shell Energy Stadium in downtown Houston.

Lionel Messi handed the visitors an early lead but the impressive FC Dallas outfit showed why they had scored over 1.5 goals in all their group games as they rallied to lead 2-1 at the break. When record-signing Alan Velasco made it 3-1 to the homes side and a Robert Taylor own goal had the scoreline at 4-2 it seemed Miami were headed home empty handed. Cue a late onslaught and another last gasp Messi freekick goal to send the game to penalties. The Herons held their nerve in the shootout with 18-year-old homegrown talent Benjamin Cremaschi scoring the winning penalty.

Charlotte FC had a similar experience in the summer heat down in the Lone Star State as they trailed after 10 minutes to a well-taken Corey Baird goal who was set up by the impressive Nelson Quiñónes. Ben Olsen’s side controlled the game with Héctor Herrera and Artur cutting the supply lines from Ashley Westwood in the Charlotte midfield. Although the away team improved after second half substitutions it seemed their time had run out until a miscommunication between veteran goalkeeper Steve Clark and his defence allowed Agyemang to nip in and score his second Leagues Cup goal. Almost immediately from the restart, Houston’s young Brazilian defender Micael overhit a pass from his wrong foot to surprise Clark and score an own goal from outside the box. A calamitous end for Dynamo as the Crown booked their passage into the quarterfinals.

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