Inter Miami vs New York Red Bulls live score, result, updates, stats, lineups from Lionel Messi in MLS match

Now established as solid leaders for the Supporters’ Shield through 11 matches of the 2024 season, Inter Miami host Eastern Conference contenders New York Red Bulls in a top-of-the-table clash at Chase Field on Saturday.

While the early portion of the season threatened to derail their campaign with injuries, Inter Miami have now definitively proven that as long as Lionel Messi is on the field, they are the best team in Major League Soccer. While questions still remain about their viability without the Argentine great, Tata Martino hopes his side won’t have to answer those for much of this year.

Messi leads MLS this year in goals and is tied for the lead in assists, and his efforts to carry Inter Miami on his back have the club first in the Eastern Conference with 21 points from 11 games, although they’ve played one more match than nearly everyone else.

The Red Bulls sit third in the East, four points behind Inter Miami with a game in hand, meaning they are right in the thick of the battle. They have fallen off the pace slightly thanks to two straight draws but have lost just one match all season, which keeps them firmly in the hunt.

The Sporting News is following the Inter Miami vs New York Red Bulls match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

MORE: See the full updated MLS top goal scorers list as Lionel Messi leads the Golden Boot rankings

Inter Miami vs New York Red Bulls live score

  Score (9′) Goal scorers
Inter Miami 0
NY Red Bulls 0

Kickoff: 7:40 p.m. ET / 4:40 p.m. PT
Location: Chase Stadium (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Referee: Tori Penso

Starting lineups:

Inter Miami (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Callender (GK) — 57. Weigandt, 21. Freire, 6. Aviles, 33. Negri — 41. D. Ruiz, 5. Busquets, 24. Gressel — 10. Messi, 9. Suarez, 16. Taylor.

NY Red Bulls (4-4-2, right to left): 31. Coronel (GK) — 6. Duncan, 15. S. Nealis, 4. Reyes, 47. Tolkin — 8. Amaya, 75. Edelman, 19. Carmona, 10. Forsberg — 13. Vanzeir, 9. Morgan.

Inter Miami vs New York Red Bulls live updates, commentary

Inter Miami vs New York Red Bulls: First Half

13th min: Chance, Inter Miami! The hosts dump it down for Luis Suarez who very clearly fouls his defender with a push in the back, but the referee lets it go. Suarez gets support from Lionel Messi, and he puts an effort on goal but it’s turned away by Carlos Colonel. If that had gone in, VAR would have had a long look at the Suarez incident, and probably would have been ruled out.

8th min: Chance, New York! Frankie Amaya shoots from straightaway over 25 yards out, and he delivers a bending rip that forces Drake Callender into a diving stop!

7th min: Sergio Busquets has already been whistled for two fouls, the latest causing the Spaniard to get up with a frustrated yell towards the referee Tori Penso, who in turn pauses the match briefly to tell Busquets to calm himself.

4th min: The Red Bulls have had a few good attacking moments at the start of this game, the latest being a Lewis Morgan ball sent in from the left for Dante Vanzeir, but the Red Bulls striker is whistled correctly for a high boot to the face of Nicolas Freire.

Kickoff: They’re under way at Chase Stadium in South Florida! Who will end the day with the advantage at the top of the Eastern Conference standings?

Inter Miami vs New York Red Bulls stats

Inter Miami Stat (10′) RBNY
0 Shots 2
0 Shots on target 1
68% Possession 32%
67 Passes 32
0 Corners 1
2 Fouls 1
0 Yellow cards 0

Inter Miami vs New York Red Bulls: Pre-match commentary, analysis

15 mins to kickoff: The end of the 150th Kentucky Derby just concluded with one of the tightest photo finishes you’ll see, with three horses all separated by an inch. Will that be a foreshadow to a photo finish at Chase Stadium tonight? Lionel Messi has rescued Inter Miami late before!

30 mins to kickoff: The New York Red Bulls sit third in the Eastern Conference table, but they probably have been good enough for even more. They’ve been held to five draws this season, and probably have an argument to say they were the better side in all five. So many teams have fallen short to Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami over the past calendar year after failing to take their chances, so if the Red Bulls collapse in front of goal, they will rue their misses at the end of the 90 minutes.

45 mins to kickoff: Lineups are in, and Lionel Messi starts for Inter Miami amidst an XI with very few surprises. Sergiy Kryvtsov only makes the bench on his return from injury, while Luis Suarez returns to the starting lineup after coming off the bench last game.

For New York, Kyle Duncan steps in for Dylan Nealis at right-back, while Dennis Gjengaar is replaced by Frankie Amaya in midfield.

1 hour to kickoff: Tonight’s match is one of 12 games on the MLS fixture list, and all of them are free to watch on MLS Season Pass, as Apple TV has slated every single game of this entire weekend free to air for those with or without a subscription!

1 hour 15 mins to kick: The last time these two teams matched up, it was no contest, as the Red Bulls ran away as 4-0 winners on a hat-trick from Lewis Morgan, with Dante Vanzeir assisting all four goals, a delicious attacking performance from the hosts in New Jersey.

Morgan is in great form this season, but the biggest difference between that game amidst the March international break and this one is that Lionel Messi will take part, as will a number of other international players for both sides.

1 hour 30 mins to kick: Slowly, Inter Miami are getting healthier. This weekend, it’s Serhiy Kryvtsov who returns to the squad. It’s unclear whether the aging Ukrainian defender is fit to start along the back or whether he’ll be used primarily off the bench, but his availability alone is key for a thin defensive unit.

Jordi Alba remains out, as does Diego Gomez and Federico Redondo, but it’s a positive for the Herons that players are returning while nobody new has gone down in some time. Of course, that can all change in an instant, but for now, the injury news remains positive.

1 hour 45 mins to kick: While Inter Miami can already be considered Messi & Friends with the presence of Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, and Luis Suarez, they might add yet another of the Argentine’s closest mates in football. There are swirling reports that the club is in talks with Angel Di Maria about a summer signing once the European season is done.

Di Maria, an Argentine national team legend and close friend of Messi’s, is out of contract this summer after a quality campaign with Portuguese club Benfica. Could he be the latest aging star to join the MLS club?

2 hours to kickoff: Last weekend’s games saw Lionel Messi overtake Cristiano Ronaldo in one stat category between the two in their ever-present career rivalry. Messi now has 723 non-penalty goals in his career, while Ronaldo has 721. Messi has also achieved his total in 161 fewer games, which tracks as he is two years younger.

Ronaldo has always been his team’s penalty taker throughout his career for club and country, while Messi has had less success from the spot, so it makes sense that he would do more of his damage from other situations.

However, that was undone earlier today when Ronaldo scored a perfect hat-trick for Al Nassr, putting him back in front of the race.

Inter Miami vs New York Red Bulls pre-match facts, figures

  • Luis Suarez logged his 50th assist to Lionel Messi last weekend, the most of any player in Messi’s career.
  • Lionel Messi has logged a goal contribution in his first six league appearances of a season for just the second time in his career, alongside his 2013/14 season with Barcelona. He has never recorded one in seven straight to begin a league season.
  • Lewis Morgan has seven goals in the club’s first 10 games of the MLS season, something no Red Bulls player has done since Thierry Henry in 2012/13, when he scored nine goals in his first eight games of the year before cropping up with an injury.

Inter Miami vs New York Red Bulls lineups, team news

There are two big questions for Tata Martino ahead of this match regarding his squad’s availability. First, Jordi Alba has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, and the timeline for his return is still unclear, ruled out for this match as Franco Negri continues in his place at full-back.

Luis Suarez came off the bench against the New England Revolution last weekend amidst a chronic knee issue that needs consistent management, but is back in the starting lineup after a one-week absence.

Otherwise, Inter Miami are beginning to get healthier each week. Diego Gomez is down for another few weeks with an ankle injury, but Serhiy Kryvtsov could return from his hamstring injury. Federico Redondo remains out with a knee problem, and ACL victim Facundo Farias remains out for the season.

Inter Miami starting lineup (4-3-3): Callender (GK) — Weigandt, Freire, Aviles, Negri — D. Ruiz, Busquets, Gressel — Messi, Suarez, Taylor.

Inter Miami subs (9): Dos Santos (GK), Kryvtsov, Sailor, Allen, Bright, Cremaschi, Rojas, Afonso, Campana.

The New York Red Bulls will be without their most-used center-back Noah Elie who is suspended for his red card against the Whitecaps last weekend. Otherwise, the absentee list for the Supporters’ Shield contenders is minimal.

Peter Stroud is down for a few weeks due to an ankle injury. Besides that, it’s just a few youngsters who dot the injury list, like Wake Forest draftee Roald Mitchell who has a knee issue to worry about that will keep him out until the summer, while academy products Serge Ngoma and Ronald Donkor are missing with minor issues.

NY Red Bulls starting lineup (4-4-2): Coronel (GK) — Duncan, S. Nealis, Reyes, Tolkin — Amaya, Edelman, Carmona, Forsberg — Vanzeir, Morgan.

NY Red Bulls subs (8): Meara (GK), O’Connor, D. Nealis, Haper, Donkor, Hall, Gjengaar, Manoel.

How to watch Inter Miami vs New York Red Bulls

This match can be streamed around the globe exclusively on MLS Season Pass from Apple TV, with every match of the 2024 MLS season as well as the entire Leagues Cup available with a subscription.

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