Although Lionel Messi has been lighting it up on American soil, he wasn’t the savior Inter Miami needed in their recent face-off against Nashville SC.
Putting an end to Inter Miami’s nine-game winning spree across all contests, Lionel Messi found himself unable to hit the back of the net in a 0-0 deadlock against Nashville SC in the MLS action.
For the first time since his high-profile switch from Paris Saint-Germain to Miami in July, the team walked off the pitch without the sweet taste of victory.
In spite of firing off seven shots, the 36-year-old legend was kept at bay, unable to shatter the stalemate that lingered in the air.
Since his stateside arrival, Messi has been anything but shy around the goal, notching up 11 goals in just nine games.
The stalemate puts Inter Miami in a precarious position, now sitting a whopping 17 points adrift of the automatic MLS play-off spots with only 10 fixtures left on the calendar.
This Florida-based squad, which boasts partial ownership by soccer royalty David Beckham, currently languishes in 14th place out of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference, amassing a rather uninspiring 22 points from 24 matches.
Just to remind you of how the MLS works: The top seven teams from each of the Eastern and Western conferences get a golden ticket to the playoffs at the end of the regular season. The ones left picking at crumbs—those finishing eighth and ninth—get a chance at wildcard matches, which lead into a knockout stage to ultimately decide who gets to hoist the MLS Cup.
It’s worth noting that Messi hasn’t been entirely a tale of woe at Inter Miami. He actually spearheaded the club to its first-ever piece of silverware by scoring the decisive goal in the Leagues Cup final against none other than Nashville earlier in August.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Lionel Messi Inter Miami Draw
What was the outcome of the match between Inter Miami and Nashville SC?
The match ended in a 0-0 draw, breaking Inter Miami’s nine-game winning streak in all competitions.
When did Lionel Messi join Inter Miami and how has he been performing?
Lionel Messi joined Inter Miami in July and has been in impressive form, scoring 11 goals in just nine matches prior to the draw against Nashville SC.
How did the draw affect Inter Miami’s standings in the MLS?
The draw leaves Inter Miami 17 points away from the automatic play-off qualification spots with only 10 matches left in the season. They currently sit 14th out of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference.
How many shots did Lionel Messi attempt in the match?
Messi attempted seven shots during the game but was unable to break the deadlock.
Is Inter Miami owned by a famous personality?
Yes, the Florida-based club is part-owned by former England captain David Beckham.
What significance does the draw hold for Lionel Messi’s time at Inter Miami so far?
This is the first time that Inter Miami failed to secure a win since Lionel Messi’s arrival. However, Messi did help the team win its first-ever trophy in the Leagues Cup final earlier in August.
How do the MLS play-offs work?
The top seven teams from each of the Eastern and Western conferences automatically qualify for the playoffs at the end of the regular season. Teams finishing in eighth and ninth place get a chance at wildcard matches, leading to a knockout stage that determines the MLS Cup winner.
Did Lionel Messi and Inter Miami ever face Nashville SC before?
Yes, Messi scored the decisive goal against Nashville SC in the Leagues Cup final earlier in August, helping Inter Miami win their first-ever trophy.