After being named FIFA’s best men’s player, Lionel Messi started the preseason with Inter Miami of Major League Soccer, playing to a scoreless draw with the El Salvador national team in an exhibition on Friday night. The Argentina star teamed up with Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, his new teammate for the upcoming MLS season. Fans packed the Cuscatlán stadium ahead of the match, and El Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele, met the players at the Presidential House before the game.
Messi had a few scoring chances and even set up Jordi Alba for a scoring opportunity in the 39th minute, but goalkeeper Mario González deflected the shot. Despite the efforts, the match ended in a draw. Inter Miami coach Gerardo Martino rested Messi, Suárez, Jordi Alba, and Sergio Busquets in the second half, where the club still controlled possession, but El Salvador had the best scoring chance when Steven Vázquez’s shot rattled the crossbar in the 83rd minute.
Messi’s Arrival in Miami
The 36-year-old Messi arrived in Miami last July and made an immediate impact, scoring 10 goals in seven games. He led the club to its first-ever trophy by winning the Leagues Cup final on August 19. Looking ahead, Inter Miami will play FC Dallas next Monday at the Cotton Bowl and then will travel to Saudi Arabia to face Al Hilal on Jan. 29 and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr on February 2.
For soccer fans, these upcoming matches are highly anticipated and will be crucial for Inter Miami’s performance in the upcoming season.
For more information about Inter Miami’s upcoming matches and schedule, visit their official website.
It’s an exciting time for soccer enthusiasts, and Inter Miami’s upcoming matches promise to be thrilling experiences for fans of the sport. Stay updated with all the action by following the club’s social media channels and official MLS page.
As Inter Miami continues its preparations for the upcoming season, the team’s journey in Major League Soccer is eagerly followed by fans and enthusiasts alike.