With Messi in a stellar plan, Inter Miami beat DC United on the hour and remain leaders in the MLS – La Opinion

With Messi in a stellar plan, Inter Miami beat DC United on the hour and remain leaders in the MLS – La Opinion



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Inter Miami achieved a new victory by defeating DC United 1 goal to 0 in what was a new day of Major League Soccer, number 14, which took place at the Chase Stadium facilities, thanks to a goal in the 93rd minute by forward Leonardo Campana, in the midst of a climate that was not at all absolutely favorable for both teams.

Quite complicated weather

The weather was not in anyone’s favor as the match even had to be delayed due to to a thunderstorm. Although the lightning gave a respite, the water did not and the match had to be played with very heavy rain and this undoubtedly greatly conditioned the match for both teams. The home team, the ‘Las Garzas’ team, took the initiative by controlling the match, but it was evident that they had a hard time generating dangerous chances in their favor.

Two unsuccessful shots by Messi were part of the beginning of the pink team’s attackbut without a doubt the best opportunity came at the end of the first 45 minutes of the game, when Benjamín Cremaschi had a one-on-one with goalkeeper Alexander Bono whom he finally could not beat and score.

By half time the game was still very even and the rain continued making of theirs and this made the actions much more complicated. But it was not until the 92nd minute of the game, when it was close to ending; Callender had a spectacular and vital save to prevent a goal from Cristian Dájome, in an intervention that became much more relevant and important in the match seconds later.

Busquets like in his best times

A magical pass from former Barcelona Football Club player, Sergio Busquets, completely left only Leonardo Campana who had just entered the field for the Paraguayan Matías Rojas, who executed a superb shot on goal without leaving any chance for Bono to avoid the go-ahead goal and trigger an epic and collective celebration in the city of Fort Lauderdale .

Messi is key to Miami’s victories

The Argentine striker had missed the goalless draw in the last Florida Classic and his return against DC United, in addition to his contribution, were key to the 3 points obtained by Inter Miami and being able to continue leading the Eastern Conference of Major League Soccer. The Inter Miami team won 2 of 13 matches in which Messi participated. So far in the 2024 season, he has scored a total of 10 goals and 9 assists in 10 games played.

La Pulga had suffered a new ailment in his knee, something that immediately ignited all the alarms in Miami but especially in the Argentine national team, since the upcoming Copa América is just around the corner (Argentina’s first match will take place on June 20 against Canada at the Mercedes Benz-Stadium in Atlanta).

Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino and the plan for Messi

“The plan is for him to play, but we will treat it day by day. We’ll see how it feels on Thursday and Friday.”. Finally, he turned to Rosario to command the offensive with Luis Suárez and Matías Rojas.

Inter Miami remains in first place in the Eastern Conference with 31 points, ahead of its closest follower, Cincinnati (30), which beat St. Louis City earlier. The Herons will face the Vancouver Whitecaps as a visitor next Saturday.

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