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Lionel Messi Inspires Inter Miami to Victory in MLS Season Opener

Miami, February 21, 2024, The Europe Today: The 2024 Major League Soccer (MLS) season kicked off with a thrilling encounter as Lionel Messi played a pivotal role in leading Inter Miami to a 2-0 triumph against Real Salt Lake at the newly named Chase Stadium.

The first half saw Inter Miami dominate proceedings, with Messi showcasing his brilliance in the 39th minute. Breaking through the defense just outside the box, Messi delivered a precise assist to Robert Taylor. Despite a valiant effort from Real Salt Lake’s goalkeeper Zac MacMath, Taylor’s low shot found its way into the net, providing Inter Miami with a well-deserved lead.

The second half witnessed a resurgence from Real Salt Lake, who, after a tentative start, displayed renewed energy against the seasoned Inter Miami side. Inter Miami, having spent their busy MLS off-season participating in matches across Asia and the Middle East, faced a spirited challenge.

The defensive resilience of Inter Miami was evident as they weathered the second-half storm, thanks in part to some crucial saves by goalkeeper Drake Steven Callender. The pivotal moment that secured Inter Miami’s victory unfolded in the 83rd minute. Lionel Messi orchestrated a sequence that involved former Barcelona teammate Luis Suarez, ultimately setting up youngster Diego Gomez for a clinical finish.

The victory marked a successful start for Inter Miami in the 29th MLS season, showcasing their ambition and determination. The newly named Chase Stadium witnessed a stellar performance from the Argentinean maestro Messi and his teammates, setting an optimistic tone for the season ahead.