‘New’ Lionel Messi (36, Inter Miami) is back.
Inter Miami will play the 2023 Major League Soccer (MLS) match against New York City at DRV PNK Stadium in Miami, USA, on October 1 at 8:30 am (Korean time). Miami is 14th with 9 wins, 5 draws, and 15 losses (32 points), and New York is 9th with 8 wins, 13 draws, and 10 losses (37 points).
Messi left for a new stage after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) expired this summer. By signing a two-year contract with MLS’ Miami, he set his ambitions to dominate the American stage as well. And the amazing performance continued. He performed well in the League Cup, scoring 10 goals and 1 assist in 7 games, giving the team its first trophy. Messi won the honor of winning the tournament MVP and top scorer.메이저사이트
Messi then continued his performance, including multiple assists in the US Open Cup semifinals and adding 1 goal and 2 assists in MLS, but has recently been sidelined due to injury. Meanwhile, Miami is keenly feeling Messi’s absence. They drew 1-1 in the league match against Orlando City, but lost 1-2 in the US Open Cup final against Houston Dynamo, finishing in second place.
Now all that’s left for Miami is to advance to the MLS finals series. Miami is in 14th place in the Eastern Conference, but is only 5 points behind 9th place New York, the final series playoff finale. If we win this matchup, we can narrow the gap to 2 points.
Good news arrived ahead of the important game. Britain’s ‘The Athletic’ reported, “Messi has returned to training in Miami ahead of the New York match.”
Of course, whether or not he will participate has not yet been decided. The media explained, “Messi returned on Friday, but it is unclear whether he will play in the game against New York. Miami medical staff have continued to evaluate Messi’s physical condition.”
Miami coach Gerardo Martino also took a cautious view during the week, saying, “It is clearly unwise (for Messi to play against Houston),” and said, “It would be (too big) a risk.” However, he emphasized, “Messi will definitely play again before the season ends.”
Even if Messi does not return against New York, we can see that his return is not far off. For Miami, which is attempting another miracle, the addition of Messi is truly a great help.