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Messi, Inter Miami start season off with a victory (1:20)

Messi orchestrates Miami's season-opening win

Lionel Messi helped set up both goals and Inter Miami survived extended second-half pressure from Real Salt Lake to earn a 2-0 victory in Major League Soccer's season opener on Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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MLS 'very prepared' for 'frustrating' ref lockout

Lionel Messi's first full season in Major League Soccer started with replacement officials Wednesday when Inter Miami CF beat Real Salt Lake in the opening match of 2024, and Commissioner Don Garber said the league is not sure what will happen next.

Messi threads a pass to Robert Taylor for Inter Miami's opening goal (0:51)
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USL upset with handling of MLS-Open Cup row

USL CEO Paul McDonough expressed disappointment at the U.S. Soccer Federation's handling of a dispute involving MLS and the 2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which is having a ripple effect on the USL.

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MLSPA slams replacement refs as step backward

The MLS Players Association on Tuesday urged a quick resolution to the lockout of the league's referees and cautioned that the use of replacement game officials during the labor dispute could jeopardize the health of players.

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MLS reinstates defender Wagner for Union opener

Philadelphia Union defender Kai Wagner's suspension for violating Major League Soccer's on-field discrimination policy has been lifted for the team's opening game of the season.

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Source: U.S. Open Cup gets go-ahead for 2024

A subcommittee of the U.S. Soccer Federation board of directors approved preliminary plans for a hybrid format for the 2024 edition of the U.S. Open Cup with not every MLS team participating, a source told ESPN.

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Messi sets record straight over Hong Kong row

Lionel Messi took to one of China's largest social media platforms on Monday to address speculation over his nonappearance in a recent Inter Miami friendly in Hong Kong.

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