He clearly shouldn’t have played, even for a few minutes. We couldn’t take any chances. But he will definitely play again before the end of the season. His participation will be determined from game to game, based on the opinion of the medical team, ESPN quoted Martino as saying.
It was Inter Miami’s fourth match without Lionel Messi. Earlier, the Argentine superstar missed two Inter matches due to international duties. He later missed another game for the Herons due to injury.
Lionel Messi’s former Barcelona teammate Jordi Alba also did not take part in the US Open Cup final. The Spaniard is sidelined due to injury. The Inter Miami duo were substituted in the first half of the Major League Soccer (MLS) match against Toronto last week. Messi and Alba were spotted in the stands during the U.S. Open Cup match.
Houston Dynamo took full advantage of both players’ absence.They took the lead in the 24th minute of the game. Nine minutes later, the Houston Dynamo doubled their lead. Advantage. Inter Miami’s Josef Martinez cut the lead to a goal in the 92nd minute. But it was too late – Inter Miami lost 2:1. The Houston Dynamo won their second U.S. Open Cup title after five years ago.
Today I saw a worn out and tired team. In addition, we were limited by injuries, so our play was affected by those circumstances, Martino said after the game.
Lionel Messi’s summer transfer to Inter Miami proved to be very fruitful. Since arriving in Miami in July, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored 11 goals while playing 12 games for Inter. He has already led Inter Miami to a League Cup triumph this season.
Having missed out on winning the U.S. Open Cup, Inter Miami will now look to reassert their right to qualify for the MLS playoffs. They currently sit in 14th place in the Eastern Conference of the MLS standings. Inter Miami are currently five points behind New York City, who are in second place in the MLS Eastern Conference.last place in the playoff standings. Inter Miami will face New York City in their next MLS match.