As the start of the much-anticipated MLS 2024 season approaches, Inter Miami know they must fine-tune the last few details in order to get off to a positive start in both domestic and international tournaments, which will not be an easy task by any means; there are still plenty of aspects for Gerardo Martino and his coaching staff, as well as the players, to correct.
However, fortunately for The Herons, there is still the friendly match against Newell’s Old Boys (Thursday, February 15, 7.30 p.m. ET/ 4.30 p.m. PT.), which will be special for Lionel Messi and for Tata Martino himself, as they will face the club they both support.
Messi spends time with family ahead of MLS 2024
While this last pre-season duel edges closer for Inter Miami, Lionel Messi returned to Florida and has chosen to spend his precious time off with his family, especially after the exhausting pre-season campaign that the saw team, over a short period of time, travel to El Salvador, Dallas, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Japan.
Through his social networks, Messi shared a series of photographs with his wife Antonella and his sons Thiago, Mateo and Ciro, with whom he was able to spend a few quiet days before the team return to work after pre-season.
Messi focussed on upcoming games
These few days of rest have also been good for Leo Messi to fully recover from the muscle discomfort he suffered in Asia, which stirred the pot of controversy in Hong Kong due to his absence.
The Argentinian’s focus levels will surely be back at 100% for the match against Newell’s and then start the MLS 2024 season against Real Salt Lake on February 21.
Four days later, Inter Miami will visit LA Galaxy in Los Angeles, a match that will conclude the Herons’ busy schedule in February and will give way to another busy month of March with 5 MLS games and 2 more in the Concacaf Champions Cup. The football, as they say, never stops.