Explained: What Lionel Messi's Inter Miami needs to qualify for MLS play-offs
Inter Miami, buoyed by the arrival of Lionel Messi, has been making waves in the MLS recently. Seven points from a possible nine and an overall record of 11 games unbeaten since Messi joined the squad have fuelled the dreams of Herons fans.
After a 1-3 win against reigning champions Los Angeles FC (LAFC) at the BMO Stadium, the prospect of making it to the MLS playoffs is now a hot topic of discussion. But how realistic is this dream? GOAL digs deeper into what Inter Miami needs to accomplish in the upcoming games to secure a spot in the MLS play-offs.
Can Lionel Messi's Inter Miami qualify for MLS play-offs?
The 2023 MLS season has nine more games lined up for Tata Martinos Inter Miami. The objective? To secure a place in the top nine of the MLS standings. A new format allows both the eighth and ninth-placed teams to participate in a wild-card round. The winners of these rounds will then join the top seven placed teams in the playoffs.