Name : Benjamin Cremaschi
Club : Inter Miami
Nationality : American (USA)
Positions : CM
Preferred Foot : Right
Height : 5’11”/180cm
Age : 18
Benjamin Cremaschi began to make his mark in the United States last season after being promoted to Inter Miami’s first team after serving for both their academy and second teams. His breakout season saw him appear 39 times for the team across all competitions, netting three goals and seven assists.
His most memorable performances were in the 2023 edition of the Leagues Cup, a competition Inter Miami went on to win, claiming their first ever trophy, with the help of the 18-year-old youngster. He was key, and many will remember his crucial goal against FC Dallas in the quarterfinals that helped the team make it into the next round.
He has had standout performances in other rounds of the tournament, including an assist against Atlanta United, and a game-winning penalty in a shootout in later rounds. The coaches of the team have clearly taken to the youngster, see his potential, and are placing confidence in him to deliver results for the team.
His last season earned him opportunities on the international stage. Benjamin Cremaschi is eligible to play for either the United States of America or Argentina, but he for the time being chose to represent the red, white, and blue. He was called up for the U.S. Men’s Olympic Team and scored a goal against Iraq on Nov. 18.
But now a new season is upon us, and Cremaschi will most likely get more opportunities to show his talents thanks to the last season, and he will surely be hoping to step up his game.
Benjamin Cremaschi is an attacking-minded midfielder who shines when linking up with strikers and wingers. He tends to drift to the right flank, where he likes to play crosses into the box for his teammates. However, he has been deployed in other roles before such as a more traditional number 10, and a box-to-box midfielder. Most of the goals he scores are from late runs into the box that catch defenders and defensive midfielders off guard.
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For Inter Miami, he was used as a ball carrier to progress play forward, exploiting his good ball handling abilities. His profile and playing style naturally led to comparisons to his idol Lionel Messi, who is now also his teammate. But the data says that while the comparison does have some validity to it, he resembles more the older Messi that occupies midfield space and goes to his right to provide creativity in the attack.
In this new season, Cremaschi will want to be direct in the attack. Continuing to play in the same non-flashy but penetrating way that he did last season. This style of play would allow him to contribute the most to the team in terms of goals and assists. It will be interesting to see how head manager Tata Martino pairs the similar profiles and tendencies of both Cremaschi and Messi in the attack.