Lionel Messi’s arrival at Inter Miami sparks a veritable revolution in MLS and the entire United States. The Argentinian star arrives at a team that is at the bottom of the American League, but his arrival and the arrival of other figures such as Spaniards Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba have left the club now dominated by ‘Tata’ ” · Martino’s team won the League Championship and reached the U.S. Open Cup final (at home against Cincinnati on September 27).
But Inter Miami had just suffered a crushing defeat. This Saturday, in the Major League Soccer (MLS) match, they suffered a 5-2 defeat to Atlanta United. Messi did not take part in that game because he needed rest after participating in the South American qualifiers with Argentina and because he suffered from a muscle disease. But the detail is that Inter Miami ranks 14th in the Eastern Conference with 28 points. Messi’s team has 18 points, seven behind D.C. United, the last team to qualify for the playoffs today.
In other words, five teams need to be surpassed in the standings, and with so few points, the situation is very complicated for Inter Miami. This is no small detail for Lionel Messi, Argentina and their coach Lionel Scaloni.
If Inter Miami is eliminated from the MLS regular season (which ends on October 21), Messi will not be able to participate in official matches at club level until the 2024 MLS season, which starts on March 28 . In other words, “Leo” will not play for Inter Miami for five months.
With games like this one that Messi might suffer, we have to see how that affects the 36-year-old. In addition to the qualifiers, Messi will also participate in the 2024 Copa America, which will be held in the United States from June to July.