MLS regular season: When Messi joined Inter Miami, they were 15th in the Eastern Conference and needed to make up 12 points to qualify for the Audi 2023 MLS Cup finals. The top nine teams advance to the playoffs and the field is locked after the Oct. 21 decision date. If Miami makes it to the competition, they would begin the fight towards the MLS Cup presented by Audi on December 9th.
League Cup: Messi made his Inter Miami debut in this World Cup between all 47 MLS and Liga MX teams, who are taking a break from domestic competition to compete. The top two teams in each group advance to the knockout stage, culminating in the final on August 19.
US Open Cup: Messi and Inter Miami visit FC Cincinnati, the leading supporters’ shield, in the semi-finals of the tournament on August 23. With the hosts’ second priority, they could host the September 27 final if Houston Dynamo FC beat Real Salt Lake in the other semi-final.