MLS Preview: New York Red Bulls vs. Inter Miami Prediction, Odds, and Picks (Aug 26)
- Lionel Messi is making his debut in Major League Soccer (MLS) on Saturday, August 26.
- Messi’s Inter Miami is locking horns with the New York Red Bulls on the road.
- With just 18 points, Inter Miami is the worst team in the 2023 MLS.
After leading Inter Miami to the 2023 Leagues Cup triumph, Lionel Messi will try to do the same in the 2023 MLS. His team is sitting bottom of the Eastern Conference table with 14 points fewer than the closest team from the playoff zone, but there are 12 games left for the Herons to play in the regular season. The first of those is the one against the Red Bulls in New York this coming Saturday.
How to Watch
- When: Saturday, August 26, 2023, at 7:30 p.m ET
- Where: Red Bulls Arena, New York City, New York
- How to Watch: Apple TV
Lionel Messi has played seven games in the Inter Miami shirt, scoring at least a goal in each of those. In total, he’s got 10 goals to his name since joining the David Beckham-owned club. All of the games he’s played for the Herons were in the 2023 Leagues Cup, which his team won last weekend after beating Nashville SC on penalties.
On Saturday, August 26, however, Messi will be playing his first-ever MLS game. His team is taking on the New York Red Bulls, who too are currently outside the postseason zone in the East. It’s mainly because the Red Bulls have been horrible offensively in the 2023 season.
Their defense, however, has been pretty good. Actually, with just 26 goals conceded in 24 games, they have the third-best defense in the Eastern Conference.
New York Red Bulls vs. Inter Miami Prediction
Inter Miami has already won one title since Messi’s arrival, but the Herons are way more ambitious than that. They’ve signed Messi to make history, which is why their plan is to challenge for the 2023 MLS Cup. But in order to get a chance to challenge for another title, they need to qualify for the playoffs first, which is only possible if they win most of their games in the remainder of the regular season.