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Messi’s brilliance means MLS delay

International 14 Aug, 2023 Follow News

Lionel Messi has already made a huge impact in Miami

Lionel Messi has had such an impact on the American football scene that he will have to wait a few days longer to debut in Major League Soccer.

Inter Miami’s August 20 home matchup against Charlotte FC, long expected to be Messi’s first action in MLS, has been postponed.

A postponement was required due to both teams’ progress in the Leagues Cup, where Miami will host Charlotte in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Messi’s first taste of MLS action now looks set to be on August 26 at the New York Red Bulls. Before that, Miami are scheduled to travel to FC Cincinnati on August 23 for a US Open Cup semi-final.

Miami and its new No. 10 have been enjoying a dream run in the Leagues Cup.

Messi has scored seven times in just four appearances in the competition following his arrival on a free transfer, helping Miami reach the last eight.

The pressure will be on though when the 36-year-old Argentinian finally makes his MLS bow, with Miami languishing at the foot of the Eastern Conference and with just 12 games remaining to turn things around and secure a playoff place.

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