Inter Miami vs Orlando City Possible Starting Lineups for MLS season 2024

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Lionel Messi and Inter Miami return from their hard-fought draw on the West Coast to face local rivals Orlando City SC at home on Saturday.

Inter Miami were beaten for much of the game last weekend by LA Galaxy, but after securing a late man advantage in the 88th minute, Messi’s stoppage-time equalizer earned a 1-1 draw at Dignity Health Sports Park and earned them four points and a place in leads the Eastern Conference standings after two games.

They now have an early home date with an upstart rival, with the league looking to build this matchup under the name “Florida Rivalry.” Despite Inter Miami only being in their fourth season of existence, the two clubs have already met a whopping 13 times, including last year’s League Cup Round of 32 in which Inter Miami won 3-1 on Messi en route to their final title. .

Orlando City were held to a 0-0 draw at home by CF Montreal last weekend to open the 2024 season, but have scored six goals in two games against the Cavalry in the CONCACAF Champions Cup and boast the surprise return of last year’s top scorer Duncan McGuire. .

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The availability of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will be a constant point of discussion throughout the season. Messi struggled with muscle conditioning at the end of last season and on the pre-season tour, so rest will be required at some point, but he should be ready for this home game. Suarez, meanwhile, has ongoing chronic knee problems that will also see him sit out various stages of the season.

Diego Gomez was taken off in the 84th minute of the last game and looked to be in pain, but Tata Martino said he was simply suffering from cramps. Benjamin Cremaschi is out until at least the end of April with a hernia, while Facundo Farias has been ruled out for the season with a torn ACL.

New signing Nicolas Freire is likely to push for a centre-back spot at some point, but he is recovering from a knee injury he picked up before the winter transfer, and as such Serhiy Kryvtsov is the current starter alongside Tomas Aviles. Freire was available off the bench against LA Galaxy last weekend but did not start.

Orlando City head coach Oscar Pareja rested a number of his regulars in the midweek CONCACAF Champions Cup win over the Cavalry, so the likes of Facundo Torres, Duncan McGuire and Nicolas Lodeiro should also be ready for this weekend’s league clash.

Orlando City has no injury concerns at this time. Maguire remains the starting striker after a dramatic failed move to English club Blackburn, which he is likely to make in the summer, but for now he remains the key man ahead of new signing Luis Muriel, who was given the nod in midweek.

Inter Miami projected starting lineup (4-3-3):

Callender (GK) — Yedlin, Kryvtsov, Aviles, Alba — Gressel, Busquets, Gomez — Messi, Suarez, Taylor.

Orlando City projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1):

Gallese (GK) — Thorhallsson, Brekalo, Jansson, R. Santos — C. Araujo, Cartagena — Anguulo, Lodeiro, F. Torres — McGuire.

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