Since the beginning of Leagues Cup on July 21, Inter Miami CF has been running a gauntlet of a schedule, playing an average of one match every four days.
Key players like Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets have played almost every minute of those eight matches, including 120 minutes on Saturday against FC Cincinnati in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal.
As they re-enter league play with a mountain to climb to get above the playoff line, how will Inter Miami handle their lineup on Saturday against the Red Bulls?
Solid at the Back
Inter Miami’s roster revolution has seen them score 25 goals in their eight matches. For comparison, Miami had scored only nine goals in the eight matches before Messi and friends arrived in Fort Lauderdale.
The Red Bulls have three clean sheets in their last five matches, but have not faced offensive firepower like they will against Miami.
Being solid in the backline and in goal will be crucial for New York to earn a result.
Just Another Match
While the fanfare and craze that surrounds Lionel Messi and co. will definitely be at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, the result will go in the standings like just another regular season league match.
With a playoff spot in sight, but a tough road ahead, a result on Saturday night is crucial for the Red Bulls.
For New York, there is no time to be starstruck.