Inter Miami, now benefiting from the presence of Lionel Messi, holds the belief that they can secure a spot in the MLS playoffs.
Coach Tata Martino has expressed that “anything can happen” as they aim for postseason success.
Previously situated at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the Florida-based team has managed to improve its standing.
Yet, in their recent match against Nashville at DRV PNK Stadium, they settled for a 0-0 draw, relinquishing valuable points. Despite this setback, they still find themselves 10 points away from cementing their position in the playoffs.
Lionel Messi’s arrival in the United States has undoubtedly left a profound impact, marked by his impressive record of 11 goals across nine wins and a draw.
Given this remarkable performance, coach Martino remains committed to the pursuit of MLS Cup glory, refusing to give up on their aspirations.
Inter Miami have seven games to take in during a busy September – including a U.S. Open Cup final clash with the Houston Dynamo – and have 10 MLS fixtures in total left on their schedule.
A play-off spot is still up for grabs, but Martino was left frustrated against Nashville.
He added on posting a rare blank: “Nashville is a team that defends well, and today I think they were a little deeper than in the [Leagues Cup] final.
[Our] team had more rhythm in the second half than in the first half; paradoxically, the best situations were [Robert] Taylor’s two chances in the first half.
“In the first half, the ball was moving too slowly; in the second, I think we did a little better, but it was hard for us. These games usually happen, and I understand everyone’s frustration. We too felt it was a good night to continue gaining ground.”
Inter Miami will sneak into the play-offs if they can secure a ninth-place finish or higher, with there still being the potential for Messi to land three pieces of silverware in his debut campaign – with one already landed, taking him to 44 career trophies, and a final berth booked in another domestic competition.