Lionel Messi challenges Swedish Emil Forsberg’s New York Red Bulls

Lionel Messi challenges Swedish Emil Forsberg's New York Red Bulls
Lionel Messi (Credit: Getty Images)

Inter Miami, with Lionel Messi in great form, hosts the New York Red Bulls this Saturday on matchday 12 of the MLS which the LA Galaxy’s visit to the Seattle Sounders also highlights.

Named this week the league’s best player in April, Messi is the top scorer this season in the MLS with 9 goals.

The genius from Rosario is also the top assister with 7 assists on goals, the same as the Colombian Cristian Arango (Real Salt Lake) and Robin Lod (Minnesota United).

Leader of the East with 21 points in 11 games, Inter Miami will face the New York Red Bulls at home, who are third in the same conference with 17 points after 10 games.

The New Yorkers have accumulated three draws in a row and have the Swede Emil Forsberg and the Scot Lewis Morgan as their main references.

In the West, the Galaxy of Spanish Riqui Puig will face the Sounders who have just won 2-3 this week against the Philadelphia Union in a postponed match with a double from Peruvian Raúl Ruidíaz, including a great goal from the center of the field.

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The Los Angeles team is tied (18 points in 10 games) at the head of the West with Real Salt Lake, which with Arango at the helm will face Sporting Kansas City.

On the other hand, the Orlando City of Uruguayan Facundo Torres will play against the Cincinnati of Argentine Luciano Acosta (MLS MVP in 2023) while Los Angeles FC (LAFC) will have a Californian derby in the field of the San José Earthquakes who are bottom of the West with only one victory in 10 games.

This weekend rests the Columbus Crew of Colombian Juan Camilo ‘Cucho’ Hernández, champion of the MLS Cup in 2023, who last Wednesday eliminated Monterrey in the semifinals of the Concacaf Champions Cup and that international title will be played against Pachuca.

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