Inter Miami vs Toronto FC – MLS LIVE: Lionel Messi STARTS on his return as David Beckham-owned team face vital clash in push for the playoffs


Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for the latest scores, team news and updates as Inter Miami and Lionel Messi make their return to MLS action, taking on Toronto FC at DRV-PNK Stadium.

Messi included in Miami’s Starting XI tonight

The Herons are lining up the World Cup winner with Josef Martinez in attack as it seems that Messi will be playing as some sort of secondary striker. Miami’s captain will have two of his closest pals at the club, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, lining up in midfield and at left-back.

Hello and welcome to tonight’s MLS match in Miami!

The Herons will be looking to bounce back after their heavy, 5-2 loss to Atlanta United last Saturday, while Toronto will look to recover from a 2-1 loss to Canadian rivals, Vancouver.

Messi is also set to feature for Miami for the first time since the international break! The 36-year-old was rested for Argentina’s latest game – a 3-0 win against Bolivia – and Miami’s Tata Martino was reluctant to get him involved against Atlanta after getting back to the U.S. from his homeland only shortly beforehand.

How will the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner fare this evening? Will he keep Miami’s slim hopes of reaching the playoffs alive? Let’s find out…

Inter Miami's Argentine forward #10 Lionel Messi (R) arrives for the Major League Soccer (MLS) football match between Inter Miami CF and Toronto FC at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on September 20, 2023. (Photo by Chris Arjoon / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS ARJOON/AFP via Getty Images)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 19: Lionel Messi #10 of Inter Miami CF trains during an Inter Miami CF Training Session at Florida Blue Training Center on September 19, 2023 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)