On Wednesday, Major League Soccer team Chicago Fire defeated them 41, but their star player Lionel Messi was again sidelined due to injury. Miami’s chances of making the playoffs have been severely damaged by the defeat; in order to have any chance of moving on, the team must now win all three of its remaining regular-season games.
Messi has now been absent from the last four games, and his club has found it difficult to replace the void the 36-year-old attacker has created. Messi was reportedly suffering with an old scar tissue issue as of late last month, according to Miami manager Gerardo Martino. Chicago defeated Miami easily thanks to goals from Xherdan Shaqiri (2), Maren Haile-Selassie (2), and Josef Martnez (1). Josef Martnez’s first-half penalty gave Miami some early hope.
When speaking to media after the game, Martino cut a furious figure as he acknowledged that his team’s hopes of making the playoffs now depended on other teams losing around them. Miami is currently ranked 14th out of 15 Eastern Conference teams. “With sadness, watching the last opportunities disappear,”
There might be a remote chance, and other outcomes might or might not be beneficial to us. “Given the decline the team has been going through over the past 15 days, I don’t think the issue is limited to what our opponents are doing,” the player said.