Inter Miami to face five matches without Messi, coach Tata Martino shares survival strategy amid Copa America

Inter Miami anticipated Lionel Messi's absence this summer due to his commitment to Argentina's Copa America campaign.

Inter Miami's Plan To Survive Without Messi
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The Herons were aware heading into the current MLS season that their talismanic captain would be unavailable for a period this summer. This is due to Messi’s commitment to join Argentina in their quest to defend the prestigious Copa America title.

Messi, an eight-time Ballon d’Or winner, has been a standout performer for Inter Miami this season, scoring 12 goals in as many appearances across all competitions and earning buzz for the MLS MVP award.

However, Messi will miss five matches—against the Philadelphia Union, Columbus Crew, Nashville SC, Charlotte FC, and FC Cincinnati—if Argentina advances in the Copa America on U.S. soil.

Inter Miami has demonstrated their ability to cope without Messi, winning matches even when he hasn’t contributed directly to the scoreline. Martino sees this as a positive, stating: “If these players find themselves in form, with confidence, secure, and understand the challenges of the five games after St. Louis, it’s clear that we’ll be able to survive Copa America.”

Recently, the Herons defeated D.C. United without needing a pivotal contribution from Messi and remain atop the MLS Eastern Conference. Messi has three more games—against the Vancouver Whitecaps, Atlanta United, and St Louis City SC—before departing for international duty.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini

Forwarder, Midfielder


Age: 37

170 cm

72 kg

Season 2024
Played 12 7 Missed
Minutes 1034 86.2 Avg
Goals 12 1.0 Avg
Assist 10 0.8 Avg
Attempt 55 4.6 Avg
Passes 581 48.475.5% AvgSucc
Yellow 0 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 10 times for 854 minutes for Major League Soccer.

Lionel Messi   scored 10 goals for Inter Miami. He procured 10 assists. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 1st in Major League Soccer. In the last match Inter Miami won 1-0 against DC United.

Inter Miami performance and stats

Inter Miami

Manager: Gerardo Martino
Rank 1st
Win 8
Draw 3
Loss 2
Goals 35-20
Diff 15

Inter Miami is currently 1st in the Major League Soccer with 27 points.

In the last 15 games, it has won 9 times, drawn 4 times, and lost twice. In its last match, Inter Miami won 1-0 against DC United.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 35 goals and conceding 20.​