Inter Miami vs Real Salt Lake Player Rating as Messi stars in sloppy 2024 MLS season opener

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The start of the 2024 Major League Soccer season has been highly anticipated. The campaign did officially begin on Wednesday night, with Inter Miami escaping with a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake, but it wasn’t exactly a scintillating endorsement of MLS talent and quality.

Both sides were putrid in possession and even worse in front of goal, with both sides repeatedly coughing up the ball in the wrong areas and the opposition failing to capitalize on numerous chances.

Robert Taylor’s ugly first-half goal, officially assisted by Lionel Messi and unofficially by Zach MacMath, was the difference, and Messi set up the second, just as Diego Gomez finished it off. Cristian Arango and RSL’s attacking unit were unable to punish Inter Miami for its repeated mistakes in defense and possession, and the 90 minutes were so marred by errors that the most memorable highlight of the game was Messi’s stunning leaping move. injured player on the dribble but his potential shot was blocked.

With the win in the first game of the season, Inter Miami settled atop the overall MLS standings for the first time in the club’s history. Inter Miami would take the three points and break out of the ruck, but it was not a promising sign of future success for Tata Martin’s aging side.

For RSL, the visitors were absolutely atrocious in the first 45 minutes, and while they improved after half-time, overall it remained a sloppy mess. Both sides will need to rally quickly as another one of these performances will quickly doom them in a loaded MLS season.

Inter Miami  Player Rating

Drake Callender (GK) — 7.3

DeAndre Yedlin — 7.2

Tomas Aviles — 7.6

Krytsov— 7.5

Jordi Alba —  7.5

Diego Gomez —  8.6

Sergio Busquets — 8.1

Julian Gressel —  7.0

Lionel Messi —  8.4

Luis Suarez — 7.9

Robert Taylor — 8.3

Sub

David Ruiz – 6.3
Jean Mota – 6.0
Noah Allen – 6.1

Player of the match – Diego Gomez (Inter Miami)

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