There’s only so much Lionel Messi can do, especially when he’s not on the pitch.
GOAT-fever has quietened down in Miami after an utterly remarkable start, with the Argentine inspiring David Beckham’s once-flagging franchise to Leagues Cup glory during the MLS’ mid-season break.
However, despite Messi’s arrival and initial majesty, Inter Miami always had their work cut out in regards to making the MLS Cup playoffs. A disastrous first half to the 2023 campaign left Messi and company with a mountain to climb during the final stretch, and the genius’ recent absence has seen Miami struggle.
After two draws in a row, the Herons are struggling to the finish line, and their chances of earning one of the few remaining playoff spots are dwindling. Due to a number of factors, Messi has missed Miami’s last six games, including their defeat in the US Open Cup final. As a result, it is currently unknown when he will make a come back.
Only a few of each team’s 34 regular-season games remain, and six of the Eastern Conference’s nine playoff positions have already been decided. Nashville SC will undoubtedly be the seventh team, joining FC Cincinnati, Orlando City, New England Revolution, Philadelphia Union, Columbus Crew, and Atlanta United in extending their seasons.