The second preseason clash for Inter Miami CF ended in a 1-0 loss to FC Dallas, showcasing some concerns and challenges for the team. Jesús Ferreira's early goal at the 3rd minute, followed by a precise assist from Paul Arriola, left Inter Miami seeking a recovery throughout the match at Cotton Bowl Stadium.
The notable efforts of Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez, attempting to recreate their glorious partnership from the FC Barcelona days, proved insufficient to overcome the solid defense of FC Dallas goalkeepers. Messi had three nearly decisive opportunities, including a corner kick at the 8th minute, a counter-attack at the 12th minute, and a beautiful volley attempt at the 55th minute, all skillfully contained by the opposing goalkeepers.
The substitution of Messi, Suárez, and Sergio Busquets at the 64th minute raises questions about the coach's management strategy and tactical choices for upcoming challenges. Still without scoring in the preseason, Inter Miami faces the pressure to find their first goal as they head to the Middle East to take on Saudi Pro League teams, Al Hilal and Al Nassr, on January 29th and February 1st, respectively, as part of the Riyadh Season Cup.
The relentless pursuit of a goal in preseason emphasizes the need for adjustments in the offensive sector and better coordination among players. The upcoming matches will not only be skill tests but crucial opportunities for Inter Miami to refine their game and build a solid foundation before the official start of the season.