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Lionel Messi gets an assist, Inter Miami opens MLS season with 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake

Feb. 21, 2024 22:40 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lionel Messi had two Real Salt Lake defenders on either side of him, two more a few yards in front of him. He quickly tapped the ball away from them all with his left foot, to a spot where only teammate Robert Taylor could reach. Moments later, Inter...

MLS Commissioner Don Garber says league is 'very prepared' to deal with referee lockout

Feb. 21, 2024 21:33 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lionel Messi's first full season in Major League Soccer started with replacement officials Wednesday when Inter Miami played host to Real Salt Lake, and Commissioner Don Garber said the league is not sure what will happen next. The Professional Soccer...

D.C. United fan groups plan protest of the MLS club's preseason trip to Saudi Arabia

Feb. 19, 2024 17:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five D.C. United fan groups said Monday they’ll remain quiet for the first four matches this season to protest the Major League Soccer team’s partnership with Saudi Arabia. D.C. United took a preseason trip to the Middle Eastern country, playing four...

Major League Soccer kicks off with all eyes on Lionel Messi & Co. at Inter Miami

Feb. 19, 2024 12:57 PM EST

Messi Mania returns to Major League Soccer as Lionel Messi embarks on his first full season with Inter Miami. But this year, there’s a twist. Inter Miami signed Luis Suarez in the offseason, reuniting the two close friends. The pair, along with former Barcelona...

Messi and Miami are grabbing the attention in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference

Feb. 19, 2024 12:18 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA UNION 2023 RECORD AND FINISH: 15-9-10, 4th in the East, lost in the conference semifinals to FC Cincinnati. COACH: Jim Curtin. KEY PLAYERS: Alejandro Bedoya, James Blake. Julian Carranza. OUTLOOK: The Union have reached the...

After fallout in China, Messi insists politics had nothing to do with missing game in Hong Kong

Feb. 19, 2024 11:05 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Lionel Messi made another conciliatory gesture to fans in Hong Kong and mainland China on Monday by releasing a video on social media to explain why he didn't play in an exhibition match this month, and insisted that there were no political reasons behind his decision. ...

MLS to lock out referees. Lionel Messi’s Miami could open season with replacement officials

Feb. 17, 2024 15:43 PM EST

Major League Soccer will lock out referees after its union rejected a tentative contract, putting Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami on track to open the season next week with replacement officials. The Professional Soccer Referees Association said Saturday that 95.8% voted against a...

The future looks much brighter for Mbappé than PSG. The Qatari-owned club faces a tough transition

Feb. 16, 2024 11:27 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The future looks much brighter for Kylian Mbappé than it does for Paris Saint-Germain. With Mbappé leaving PSG at the end of the season, following former star teammates Neymar and Lionel Messi out of the door, the Qatari-owned club's project to dominate European...

Messi and Inter Miami close messy preseason with 1-1 draw against Newell's Old Boys

Feb. 15, 2024 22:52 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Lionel Messi and Inter Miami closed out their tumultuous Major League Soccer preseason with a 1-1 draw against Messi's boyhood club, Newell's Old Boys, on Thursday night. It was the first time that the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner faced the club...

Kylian Mbappe has told PSG he will leave at the end of the season, AP sources say

Feb. 15, 2024 15:12 PM EST

Kylian Mbappe has told Paris Saint-Germain he will leave the club at the end of the season. The France international informed PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi he would not stay at the club when his contract expires, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated...