Inter Miami have officially set their first preseason friendly on the calendar, with a match against the national team of El Salvador on the books.
January 19 will see the Herons return to the pitch for the first time in 2024, with Messi and co. taking on Los Cuscatlecos.
The match will be played on the road in San Salvador at the Estadio Cuscatlán, one day before the USMNT take on Slovenia in Texas in an international friendly.
In addition to the El Salvador friendly, the Herons have also been linked with a match against Argentine powerhouse River Plate Thursday, that comes on top of previous rumors of matches against Al-Hilal and Newells Old Boys.
With the match being played one day before the USMNT take the pitch, both Gregg Berhalter and Tata Martino will have to make a decision on where Benjamin Cremaschi and Deandre Yedlin go.
The young attacker made his international debut in a friendly in September against Oman, but is not yet cap-tied due to not competing in an official competitive match.
Yedlin, meanwhile, has been on the outskirts of the program of late, but could feature in January due to it not being an official FIFA window.
“We’re excited to start announcing our preseason plans and preparations ahead of a thrilling 2024 campaign. We look forward to facing the El Salvador national team in what will be a good first test for our squad against the best players from the country,” said Chief Soccer Officer and Sporting Director Chris Henderson.
The Herons will make their official return to the pitch on January 19, but in terms of build up until then, Inter Miami are in offseason mode.
They’ll go about planning roster additions, contracts and preparation for the 2024 MLS Draft, but more than anything, it’s a small break from a congested schedule.