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Messi’s MLS debut delayed



Lionel Messi’s debut in the Major League Soccer (MLS) will have to wait a little longer, officials said on Wednesday after Inter Miami’s top flight return was pushed back due to the team’s progress into the Leagues Cup quarter-finals.

Messi scored in his third consecutive match for Inter in a 3-1 victory over Orlando City last week, helping them move into the last 16 of the tournament.

The Argentine added two more goals on Monday to send his side into the quarter-finals after beating FC Dallas on penalties (5-3) following a 4-4 draw.

Inter will next face Charlotte FC on Friday, and one of the two clubs will then be playing on Aug. 19 in either the Leagues Cup final or third place match.

Inter were originally scheduled to take on Charlotte at home on their return to league action on Aug. 20, a contest which now has been postponed to a to-be-announced date, MLS said in a statement.


“For now, Messi’s first MLS match looks to be Saturday, Aug. 26 at the New York Red Bulls,” it added.





Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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