Inter Miami’s Lionel Messi out to silence Charlotte’s playoff hopes

Lionel Messi won’t be competing in the MLS Cup Playoffs, but he could play spoiler on Saturday evening when Inter Miami visits Charlotte FC in both teams’ regular-season finale. A leg ailment had limited Messi to only two appearances — and 72 total minutes played — for Miami (9-17-7, 34 points) since Labor Day. And by the time he was able to contribute again, his insertion as a second-half substitute ended in a 1-0 home

Charlotte FC hunting for critical points at Inter Miami

Charlotte FC still control their playoff destiny heading into back-to-back games against already-eliminated Inter Miami to finish the regular season, beginning Wednesday night in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Charlotte (9-11-12, 39 points) begins the night one point beneath the playoff line with a game in hand on all the remaining contenders for the eighth and ninth Eastern Conference playoff spots, and could move into eighth with a victory. After playing to a 1-5-9 record over a

Inter Miami await word on Lionel Messi’s status vs. FC Cincinnati

Time almost has run out for Inter Miami to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs, so all eyes will turn to Lionel Messi when the club hosts FC Cincinnati on Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Messi aggravated a scar tissue injury in his leg on Sept. 7 when playing for Argentina in a World Cup qualifying match. He tried to play in Miami’s win over Toronto FC on Sept. 20 but exited after 37 minutes