Lionel Messi’s eagerly anticipated debut in Major League Soccer (MLS) with Inter Miami has been delayed, according to reports. Since joining Miami, Messi has only featured in the Leagues Cup so far. The reasons behind the postponement are linked to Miami’s progress in the Leagues Cup, as they are scheduled to face Charlotte FC in the quarter-finals. Due to the clash of fixtures, the winner of the Miami-Charlotte matchup will be unable to fulfill their MLS game on August 20. Both the final and third-place playoff of the Leagues Cup are scheduled for August 19.
Inter Miami has already announced that tickets purchased for the August 20 match will be valid for the rescheduled date. Despite this setback, Messi will still have an opportunity to showcase his talent in the Leagues Cup against Charlotte on Friday. Since joining Miami, Messi has been in outstanding form, netting an impressive seven goals in just four games. This includes a dramatic 94th-minute free-kick winner on his debut. Messi’s scoring prowess has helped Miami reach the quarter-finals of the Leagues Cup.
Furthermore, Messi’s recent goal against Dallas on Sunday saw him draw level with teammates Josef Martinez, Lewis Morgan, and Rodolfo Pizarro as the joint-fourth highest scorer in Miami’s history. Only Gonzalo Higuain, Leo Campana, and Robert Taylor have scored more goals for the club than Messi.
Messi’s impact at Miami has not gone unnoticed, with the Argentina Football Association (FA) releasing an emotional tribute video in honor of the superstar. The video praised Messi’s contributions and celebrated his success at the club. Despite the postponement of his MLS debut, fans eagerly await Messi’s continued brilliance on the field for Inter Miami.
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