Rich Daniel hopes to play Lionel Mays
Philadelphia Union player Daniel Gazdag hopes to recover from the League Cup semi-final against Inter Miami and face Argentine star Lionel Messi for the first time in his career.
|Dániel Gászág is excited to play against Messi, but he has his own goals (Picture: Getty Images)|
Rich was injured last Tuesday in the round of 16 against the New York Red Bulls and had to be replaced. His team advanced on penalties, and then – now without him – successfully won the quarter-final against Mexico’s Queretaro, so the semi-final against visiting Inter Miami could follow at dawn Wednesday, Hungarian time.
The 27-year-old told M1 Current: He’s glad his half-term is progressing so quickly, because “It looked worse in the footage than it did in reality.” The ligament in his left knee was partially torn when he slipped and tried to get past a defender.
“It was an unlucky move, my back foot stuck to the ground and my body kept moving, so I pulled my knee. It could have been a lot worse, but I’m lucky I got away with a minor injury.” He said.
“Messi is probably the biggest name in all of football. I’ve been a fan of Messi since his Barcelona days. It will be the first time I’m playing against him, I’m excited, but we have our own goals. It’s going to be a great experience, a good atmosphere and we want to get the most out of it.” Our land. According to many, they are more vulnerable than others “ he added.
Rich added that the federation’s ultimate goal is to win the League Cup, which includes American, Canadian and Mexican teams.
“We knew we could play almost all of our matches at home, and if we succeed in the semi-finals, the final too. We want to take advantage of this because it’s a huge advantage. We went into the series believing we had a chance to win.” announce.
The Hungarian midfielder also touched on the fact that Messi’s arrival had a huge impact on the league, and also sold out tickets available for purchase for the first round in five minutes.
And about the near future, he indicated that he will definitely recover for the national team matches in September, and he hopes at the present time that he will be ready to work on Tuesday (according to local time). In the North American League (MLS), there is no doubt that they will make the playoffs, but they want to finish in one of the top three places in the regular season so they can get as many home games as possible. He personally ‘brings the numbers’ – he scored nine goals and provided nine assists in 21 games – he is trusted by the coach and his team mates, and has a crucial role in the squad this year too. He thought Los Angeles, Nashville and – if they made it to the playoffs – a strengthened Inter Miami could be great opponents for the union.