Lionel Messi has well and truly arrived into American soccer, with the Argentine superstar having wasted no time in making his presence felt since his headline-grabbing move from Paris Saint-Germain to Inter Miami was made official in July.
Keep in mind the names Jack Maher and Lukas MacNaughton, because Messi certainly will. The Inter Miami sensation faced regular frustration from Nashville’s center-back pair, and for the very first instance since joining the MLS, Messi was unable to make an impact. The same fate befell Miami, resulting in a vital point lost as they settled for a 0-0 draw in their home game.
The Argentine has carried Miami on his back since his debut but, against Nashville, he just didn’t quite have the strength to lift. From early on, he seemed just a step off, a step slow. Every time he seemingly had that half-yard of space, Nashville was quick enough to close it down, and Messi wasn’t quite quick enough to produce the magic he’s found so often with the Herons.
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Could he have had a goal or assist in this one? Possibly. Should he have? Probably not. It was a fair result, all things considered, as Nashville deserved something for their resolute defensive display. Messi, now, will leave for Argentina with a bad taste in his mouth as his side suffered its first negative result since he joined the club