Miami Playoffs Life and Death! Messi has returned to training or returned to savior 6 points to miss
At 7:30 a.m. Beijing time on October 1, the 35th round of the MLS, Miami International played at home against New York City. After losing the Open Cup final, this will be a life-and-death battle for the first time in Miami International's history to qualify for the playoffs, and it is still unknown whether Messi can return.
Playoff life and death
According to the rules, the team ranked 7th in the regular season will advance directly to the playoffs, and the teams ranked 8th and 9th will play playoffs to determine the final ticket to the playoffs, which means that New York City, currently ranked 9th, will become a direct competitor to Miami International.
Currently, New York City is 9th with 37 points and Miami International is 14th with 32 points. If this game can be won, then Miami Internazion will close the gap to 2 points and see the hope of making the playoffs again. If they lose, Miami Internacional will be eight points behind and will almost lose their hopes of qualifying.
With the arrival of Messi, Internacional Miami has achieved nine wins, four draws and two defeats in regular time in all competitions, averaging 2.07 points per game, which is on par with top Cincinnati, which is expected to set a regular season points record this season.
Messi has returned to training
After an early exit against Toronto due to injury, Messi missed the Open Cup finals against Orlando and Houston. Not only that, Messi has missed four of Miami's last five matches.
After the Open Cup final, Martino said, "He will definitely play again before the end of the MLS season." On Friday, Miami international assistant Morales revealed, "Messi will be in training, and he will be tested, and we will see if he can play on Saturday." Alba suffered a hamstring injury and he will definitely miss this match. ”
Messi was on the training ground at training on Friday but did not participate in the team's joint practice, which means he could return in this crucial game. If Internacional Miami fails to qualify for the playoffs, Messi will be without a club for 95 days after October 21, which would be the longest off-season of his career.
Or suffer two consecutive defeats at home
Following the Open Cup defeat to Houston, Internacional Miami ended its nine-game unbeaten run at home in all competitions, the first home defeat since Internacional's defeat to Washington United on June 3.
The two teams have met nine times in history, with Internacional Miami with 1 win and 8 defeats, with the only win coming at home 3-2 on August 14, 2022. It is worth mentioning that in the last two games against New York City, Miami International failed to score.
The last time Internacional Miami lost at home was in June, when they lost back-to-back home games to Orlando, Red Bull New York and Washington United. However, New York City is the "away bug", with only 1 win, 7 draws and 10 defeats in the last 18 away games.