A few hours ago, Inter Miami competed in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup finals against Houston Dynamo. Unfortunately, the team’s defeat of 2-1 at DRV PNK Stadium was attributed to Lionel Messi’s absence. After the game, Tata Martino provided an update on the injured Argentinian superstar, which could potentially impact their chances in the MLS playoffs.
The Inter Miami fans, who were already feeling discouraged after their team’s defeat in the esteemed tournament, have now been dealt another blow with the news of Messi’s uncertain status. This could potentially jeopardize their chances in the MLS playoffs, especially with only five games left.
Devastating news about Lionel Messi’s situation, putting Miami’s MLS Playoffs in jeopardy.
Unfortunately, Messi was unable to join the Miami team for today’s match against Houston in the US Open Cup finals. He has not played since September 21, when he had to leave the field during the game against Toronto. Despite sitting out the following game against Orlando, he was not able to recover in time. This begs the question: when can fans anticipate his comeback?
Fortunately, during the press conference today, Miami Herald reporter Michelle Kaufman inquired about an update on Messi from Tata Martino. Regrettably, the response from the Miami manager may not be well-received by fans. He stated, “It was not wise for him to participate. It was too risky, even for a brief period of time. He will continue to play in league games, but his participation will be determined on a game-by-game basis according to the medical team’s recommendations.”
Could you provide an update on Messi, please? During the press conference, Tata mentioned that it would not be wise for him to play, even for a short period of time. He will be playing in future league games, but his participation will be based on the recommendations of our medical team. @HeraldSports #InterMiamiCF #Messi𓃵
“I will be returning all my notifications and comments on September 28, 2023.”
Tata Martino’s statement suggests that he is uncertain about when Messi will be back in action. He emphasized the dangers of putting him on the field, even for a short time, and shared that it will take patience to bring La Pulga back. This implies that Messi may not be able to play in several upcoming games, which could jeopardize Miami’s chances to make it to the MLS playoffs.
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We will have to wait and see when the captain comes back to the field. In the meantime, let’s review today’s US Open Cup final, which Inter Miami was unable to win without their top player.
The US Open Cup final ends in a loss for Inter Miami.
Inter Miami had a disappointing day as they were defeated 2-1 in the US Open Cup finals. Both star player Messi and key defender Jordi Alba were absent for today’s match. In terms of the game itself, Miami struggled in the first half and allowed Houston to take the lead in the 24th minute. In the 33rd minute, Houston was given a penalty which could have extended their lead.
Unfortunately, our run in the Open Cup tournament ends at #DRVPNKStadium as we faced off against #MIAvHOU.
— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) September 28, 2023
Unfortunately, Miami’s goalie was unable to prevent it, resulting in the Orange Crush leading 2-0 after the first 45 minutes. In the second half, both teams attempted to push each other, with Miami making a comeback effort. Notably, substitute Josef Martinez tried to motivate his team with a goal in injury time. However, it was too late as the referee ended the game, declaring Houston as the winners.
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