Inter Miami’s international preseason tour heads to Saudi Arabia as Lionel Messi and Co. look to ramp up their preparations for the upcoming MLS season with a star-studded clash against Saudi Pro League leaders Al-Hilal on Monday in the first of two games in the Riyadh Season Cup.
The Herons were one of the worst MLS teams last season, but they looked like a much more competitive outfit since the arrival of legendary Lionel Messi and even lifted the recently-formed Leagues Cup. Needless to say, they will be considered favourites to win in the CONCACAF Champions Cup, Leagues Cup, U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup this year.
Despite adding Messi’s Barcelona partner-in-crime Luis Suárez to their roster, Tata Martino’s side is still looking for its first goal and victory of the 2024 preseason. They were held to a 0-0 draw by the El Salvador national team in their preseason opener, followed by a meek 1-0 defeat at FC Dallas on Monday.
They now face an Al-Hilal side who enter the contest on the back of an incredible run of form before the winter break. Jorge Jesus’ men ended 2023 riding on an incredible 20-game winning run in all competitions, and are seven points clear at the top of the Saudi Pro League table with 53 points from 19 games.