Inter Miami, fueled by the presence of Lionel Messi, is holding onto the belief that they can secure a spot in the MLS play-offs, despite a recent setback, reported by While they managed to climb off the bottom of the Eastern Conference, their recent 0-0 draw against Nashville at DRV PNK Stadium left them trailing by 10 points in the race for post-season qualification.

Since Messi's arrival in the United States, he has made a significant impact, notching up 11 goals in a sequence of nine wins and a draw. Inter Miami's head coach, Tata Martino, remains determined and optimistic about their chances in the MLS Cup. Reflecting on the draw with Nashville, Martino commented, “What we have to do is move on. Anything can happen.”

Inter Miami faces a busy September with seven games scheduled, including a clash in the U.S. Open Cup final against the Houston Dynamo. With a total of 10 MLS fixtures remaining on their schedule, the opportunity for a play-off berth is still within their reach. Despite the frustration of the recent draw, Martino acknowledged Nashville's defensive approach and stressed the importance of maintaining momentum in their quest to climb up the standings.

The play-offs are within Inter Miami's grasp if they can secure at least a ninth-place finish or higher. Lionel Messi's presence continues to bolster the team's aspirations, with the potential for him to add three more trophies to his collection in his debut MLS season. Having already secured one trophy and booked a final berth in another domestic competition, Messi's impact on Inter Miami's trajectory remains undeniable. As the season progresses, all eyes will be on whether Messi's magic can help guide the team to a successful play-off campaign.

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