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Inter Miami Draws with Orlando City as Lionel Messi Sits Out: MLS Roundup


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Inter Miami Draws with Orlando City in Absence of Lionel Messi

Inter Miami and Orlando City played to a draw, with both teams scoring one goal each, during the 30th round of the MLS. However, Inter Miami’s hopes of advancing to the American League playoff qualifying positions were dashed. The team currently sits in penultimate place in the MLS East Division with 32 points, trailing New York by 5 points and two games behind for the last qualifying position for the MLS playoffs.

Messi’s Absence and Possible Extension

Lionel Messi, the star player of Inter Miami, was absent from the match. His absence may also extend to the upcoming US Open Cup final against the Houston Dynamo. Inter Miami aims to win another title after their victory in the 2023 US Championship League Cup.

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Coach Tata Martino’s Statements

Inter Miami’s coach, Tata Martino, revealed Messi’s situation in a statement after the match against Orlando City. He emphasized the difficulty in determining the specific percentage of Messi’s return, as the situation is evaluated day by day. Martino plans to listen to Messi’s input and consider his condition and potential future risks.

Other Injured Players

In addition to Messi, Inter Miami was also without Jordi Alba, who suffered a thigh muscle injury, and Sergio Busquets, who is dealing with migraines.

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