Lionel Messi returns to action with Inter Miami, preseason match set against El Salvador national team

Inter Miami has formally scheduled their inaugural preseason friendly, marking it with a game against El Salvador's national team.

Lionel Messi Returns For Inter Miami
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On January 19, the Herons will make a comeback to the field for the first time in 2024 as Messi and his teammates gear up to face Los Cuscatlecos. The game is scheduled to take place away in San Salvador at Estadio Cuscatlán, a day before the USMNT’s clash against Slovenia in Texas for an international friendly. Alongside the El Salvador fixture, the Herons have been associated with a potential match against Argentine powerhouse River Plate. This speculation adds to earlier rumors about matches against Al-Hilal and Newells Old Boys.

As the match aligns just a day before the USMNT’s game, Gregg Berhalter and Tata Martino will need to decide on the fate of Benjamin Cremaschi and Deandre Yedlin. Cremaschi, a young attacker, debuted internationally in a friendly against Oman in September, but remains uncapped as he hasn’t played in an official competitive match. Yedlin, who has been on the periphery of the program recently, might find a place in the January game since it falls outside an official FIFA window.

Chris Henderson, Chief Soccer Officer and Sporting Director, expressed excitement about the upcoming preseason plans and preparations for the thrilling 2024 season. He anticipates a challenging encounter against the El Salvador national team as an excellent initial test for their squad against the country’s top players.

While the official return to the field is scheduled for January 19, Inter Miami is presently in offseason mode, focusing on roster enhancements, contracts, and preparing for the 2024 MLS Draft. This period also offers a brief respite from a packed schedule.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini

Forwarder, Midfielder

ArgentinaArgentina

Age: 37

170 cm

72 kg

Season 2024
Played 2 0 Missed
Minutes 180 90.0 Avg
Goals 1 0.5 Avg
Assist 1 0.5 Avg
Attempt 4 2.0 Avg
Passes 125 62.582.0% AvgSucc
Yellow 0 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 6 times for 372 minutes for Major League Soccer.

Lionel Messi scored 1 goal for Inter Miami. He procured two assists. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 14th in Major League Soccer. In the last match Inter Miami lost 1-0 against Charlotte.

Inter Miami performance and stats

Inter Miami

Manager: Gerardo Martino
Rank 1st
Win 1
Draw 1
Loss 0
Goals 3-1
Diff 2

Inter Miami is currently 14th in the Major League Soccer with 34 points.

In the last 34 games, it has won 9 times, drawn 7 times, and lost 18 times. In its last match, Inter Miami lost 1-0 against Charlotte.​​

It has a negative goal difference after scoring 41 goals and conceding 54.​