Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami to host Real Salt Lake in 2024 MLS opener

Lionel Messi‘s Inter Miami will play host to Real Salt Lake on 21 February in Major League Soccer’s opening 2024 match under a regular-season schedule announced by the league on Wednesday. The North American league’s 29th season will feature the earliest kickoff to any MLS campaign as eight-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi, who led Argentina to the 2022 World Cup title, begins his first full season with the Florida squad.

Messi’s first scheduled road match of the 2024 campaign comes only four days after the opener when Inter Miami will visit the Western Conference Los Angeles Galaxy on 25 February.

Our 2024 MLS Schedule for the upcoming season has been released! Take a look at our opponents and find out our match dates for next season! Details: — Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) December 20, 2023

Each MLS team will play 34 matches, 17 each at home and on the road, with Messi’s Inter Miami appearances at all MLS venues expected to draw huge crowds and high ticket resale prices.

Miami will visit all 14 Eastern Conference MLS rivals during the season, the first of those matches coming on 16 March when Inter visits DC United in Washington. Messi’s Miami is also scheduled to visit all three Canadian MLS cities, hitting Montreal on 11 May, Western Conference foe Vancouver on 25 May and Toronto on 5 October in Inter Miami’s final MLS road match of the season.

Inter Miami’s season finale is set for 19 October at home against New England on the last day of the MLS regular season. The 2024 MLS Cup Final will be played on 7 December.

Miami’s other Western Conference visit will be at Sporting Kansas City on 13 April. Messi led Inter Miami to the crown in this year’s inaugural Leagues Cup, a World Cup-style event featuring MLS and Mexican League clubs which will be played again from 26 July to 25 August, 2024.

The MLS All-Star Game will be played on 24 July at Columbus, Ohio, home of the reigning MLS champion Columbus Crew.

The Crew will visit Los Angeles FC for the first time since 2018 in a rematch of this month’s MLS Cup Final on 13 July.

LAFC will face the Galaxy on 4 July, the US Independence Day, at the Rose Bowl, where the “El Trafico” rivalry drew an MLS-record crowd of 82 110 last season. MLS Rivalry Week will be 11-18 May with Cincinnati at Columbus on 11 May and Inter Miami at Orlando City on 15 May.

Source: SABC

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