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Messi’s MLS debut delayed due to Leagues Cup progress

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Lionel Messi’s debut in the Major League Soccer (MLS) will have to wait a little longer, officials said on Wednesday after Inter Miami’s top flight return was pushed back due to the team’s progress into the Leagues Cup quarter-finals.

Messi scored in his third consecutive match for Inter in a 3-1 victory over Orlando City last week, helping them move into the last 16 of the tournament.

The Argentine added two more goals on Monday to send his side into the quarter-finals after beating FC Dallas on penalties (5-3) following a 4-4 draw.

Inter will next face Charlotte FC on Friday, and one of the two clubs will then be playing on August 19 in either the Leagues Cup final or third place match.

Inter were originally scheduled to take on Charlotte at home on their return to league action on August 20, a match which now has been postponed to a to-be-announced date, MLS said in a statement.

“For now, Messi’s first MLS match looks to be Saturday, Aug. 26 at the New York Red Bulls,” it added.

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