Argentinean National Team to Call Upon Messi
Football fans who gathered at Red Bull Arena to witness the Major League Soccer (MLS) debut of iconic football player Lionel Messi were treated to an unforgettable moment as Messi made his presence felt, scoring a goal that electrified the stadium. However, fans and enthusiasts should prepare themselves for a temporary absence of Messi from the field as he embarks on international duties.
In a recent announcement, Inter Miami FC’s head coach, Tara Martino, recognized that Messi’s outstanding contributions to the team cannot be underestimated. With nine games played since his debut on July 21, Messi’s 11 goals and six assists have made a lasting impact on the team’s performance. However, Martino disclosed that Messi is expected to miss a series of matches in September due to his commitment to the Argentina national team for World Cup qualifiers.
Following Inter Miami’s victorious 2-0 triumph over the New York Red Bulls, Martino discussed the situation in more detail, highlighting the team’s need to adapt to securing victories without the extraordinary talents of Messi on the field. “The significance lies in our appreciation for winning, and winning in this manner, because it’s something we must grow accustomed to,” expressed Martino. “Leo is going to be absent for at least three games. He will be called up by his national team as well as others. We understand that the team must continue to win even without their presence sometimes.”
Tata Martino regarding Lionel Messi’s availability tomorrow:
“We will evaluate further after today’s training session.”
Tata Martino discussing the potential nonappearance of Lionel Messi from the starting XI against RBNY:
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— MLS Moves (@MLSMoves) August 25, 2023
Although Martino did not specify the exact matches that Messi will miss, fans can anticipate his absence during Inter Miami’s matchups against LAFC, Sporting KC, Atlanta United, Toronto, Orlando City, and Houston Dynamo in September. Messi’s commitment to representing his country in the World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador on September 7 and Bolivia on September 12 remains firm.
As Messi temporarily departs from the Inter Miami lineup to contribute to Argentina’s national squad, the team is confident in their ability to uphold their winning momentum. The upcoming rematch for the Leagues Cup title against Nashville SC on Wednesday provides an opportunity for Inter Miami to showcase their resilience in the absence of their star captain.
Inter Miami FC deeply appreciates the understanding and support of their dedicated fans during this period. The team remains fully committed to delivering exhilarating performances, both with and without Messi, as they continue their journey in the MLS.