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Meet Raquinho, the raccoon who stopped an MLS game and got a Topps trading card for his antics

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An MLS star was born Wednesday night.

He spent less than 3 minutes on the field during the New York City FC's 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union, but he has already earned one-name status.


He's a raccoon who showed such skill while evading multiple Subaru Park staff members — some of whom were carrying large, plastic garbage cans...Read more

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Messi tops MLS salary list ($20.5 million). Here is full Inter Miami list, top to bottom.

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MIAMI — Lionel Messi is, by far, the highest paid player in Major League Soccer for the second year in a row.

The MLS Players Association on Thursday released its 2024 Salary Guide for all the players in the league as of April 25, and Messi tops the list at a league-record $12 million annual base salary with guaranteed annual compensation of ...Read more

Messi skips Inter Miami 0-0 tie at Orlando City, may be back Saturday vs. D.C. United

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Inter Miami got a glimpse Wednesday night of what June and July will look like when Lionel Messi leaves to play for Copa America; and one thing remained clear: The team has trouble scoring and winning without him.

Messi was not on the Inter Miami roster for the mid-week road game against Orlando City due to a knee injury, ending a streak of six...Read more

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Wanna bet? Why sportsbooks are loving Inter Miami icon Lionel Messi's impact on MLS.

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MIAMI — The score is tied in the 49th minute, Inter Miami and the New York Red Bulls are battling in front of a packed, frenzied crowd at Chase Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Most of the fans are wearing pink No. 10 jerseys and have their cellphone cameras focused on their beloved captain, Lionel Messi, waiting for one of his magical moments.

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Inter Miami rallies from two-goal deficit to beat Montreal, 3-2, extend MLS lead

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Two goal deficit? No problem for Inter Miami.

Lionel Messi and his Miami teammates trailed CF Montreal 2-0 on the road after 43 minutes Saturday night, and rallied for a 3-2 victory.

Just when it seemed the men in pink would head into halftime scoreless, Matias Rojas scored on a spectacular, curling left-footed free kick and Luis Suarez got ...Read more

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What you need to know as Messi, Inter Miami aim to keep win streak alive at Montreal

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MIAMI — Lionel Messi and his Inter Miami teammates take their high-priced show to Canada this weekend for a Saturday night road game against CF Montreal, a match that has fans paying an average of $465 for tickets.

Coming off a mesmerizing Messi performance and Luis Suarez hat trick in a 6-2 rout of the New York Red Bulls, Inter Miami is ...Read more

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For Jim Curtin, Cavan Sullivan signing with the Union is a 'full-circle moment'

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PHILADELPHIA — Union manager Jim Curtin doesn’t get emotional in public very often. Maybe when one of his players scores a big goal, but that’s about it.

On Thursday, though, Curtin was nearly moved to tears over one aspect of Cavan Sullivan’s arrival to the big time.

A quarter-century ago, Cavan’s grandfather Larry was Curtin’s ...Read more

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Messi goal and five assists, Suarez hat trick, Rojas brace! Inter Miami beats Red Bulls, 6-2.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — This time, Lionel Messi was in the Inter Miami starting lineup against the New York Red Bulls and he made a massive difference.

With Miami trailing 1-0 at halftime on Saturday night, the Argentine captain delivered a goal and five assists (yes, five!) and led the team to an emphatic 6-2 victory. Newly signed Paraguayan...Read more

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F1 crossover fans may energize Messi, Inter Miami in rematch vs. Red Bulls on Saturday

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MIAMI — Inter Miami forward Luis Suarez was in the paddock at the Miami Grand Prix on Thursday afternoon, drawing a crowd of photographers and TV cameras as he played a friendly soccer juggling game with Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz.

The world’s best F1 race car drivers are in town this weekend, Suarez and Sainz are both sponsored by Puma ...Read more

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Kevin Baxter: Wrexham in the Premier League? Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds seek a Hollywood finish.

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LOS ANGELES — When "Welcome to Wrexham," the Emmy-winning FX docuseries, kicks off its third season Thursday (streaming the next day on Hulu), our intrepid heroes are preparing for their first season in the fourth tier of English soccer after 15 years in the semipro National League.

Funding the team's rise, and saving the down-on-its-luck ...Read more

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Messi scores twice as Inter Miami trounces New England, 4-1, in front of record 65,612 fans

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Lionel Messi was in the starting lineup for Inter Miami against the New England Revolution on Saturday night, which was welcome news to the record crowd of 65,612 that bought tickets to see the Argentine icon at Gillette Stadium. He delivered two goals and an assist as the men in pink trounced the Revs, 4-1.

Another Argentine player briefly ...Read more

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Record crowd of 65,000 expected for Messi, Inter Miami vs. New England Revolution

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A record crowd of more than 65,000 is expected at Gillette Stadium Saturday night and it appears ticket buyers will get exactly what they were hoping for, a chance to see Lionel Messi in person as he leads first-place Inter Miami against the last-place New England Revolution.

There was some question from fans and media as to whether Messi and ...Read more

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Kevin Baxter: How former Galaxy player Eddie Lewis became a soccer training tech innovator

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LOS ANGELES — Eddie Lewis played his final soccer game at the age of 36, old for a midfielder but young for just about everybody else. So with more than half a lifetime ahead of him, he had plenty of time to build a new career.

Yet like many former players, all he really knew was soccer.

"A lot of players retire with quite a bit of soccer ...Read more

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What to expect as The Messi Experience exhibit kicks off world tour Thursday in Miami

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MIAMI — Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be on the training field with Inter Miami star Lionel Messi? Have you been dying to get a selfie with the Argentine icon since he arrived in South Florida last summer?

Now is your chance. Well, sort of.

The Messi Experience, a 20,000 square-foot, multi-media immersive traveling exhibit ...Read more

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Lionel Messi gets two goals and assist as Inter Miami beats Nashville SC, 3-1

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Lionel Messi, cheered on by a packed Chase Stadium, came to the rescue for Inter Miami with two goals and an assist as the men in pink beat Nashville SC, 3-1.

The Argentine captain has seven goals and six assists over the six MLS games he has played this season. He missed four games with a hamstring strain but has ...Read more

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She's 16 and just made her international soccer debut. How an Idaho teen got discovered.

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BOISE, Idaho — The plan started as a way to catch the eyes of college recruiters.

Boise High School sophomore Marisol Stosich would post her soccer highlights to social media, build a following and maybe someday receive that coveted Division I scholarship.

But Stosich drew the attention of more than just college coaches. Scouts for the ...Read more

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Here's the backstory behind yerba mate, the drink that fuels Messi and Inter Miami

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The Inter Miami team bus pulls up to Chase Stadium on game day as fervent fans snap photos from behind a parking lot gate. One by one the pink-clad players file out and begin making the short trek to the locker room. Many of them are toting something you do not see in the hands of athletes from the NFL, NBA, NHL, or Major League Baseball.

It is...Read more

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Inter Miami fined by Concacaf for 'lack of security' after hallway clash with Monterrey staff

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MIAMI — As if losing 3-1 to Monterrey Wednesday night and getting eliminated from the Champions Cup wasn’t enough bad news for Inter Miami, the club also found out it was sanctioned by Concacaf following an investigation of a heated argument that occurred in a hallway at Chase Stadium in Fort Lauderdale April 3 after the first leg of the ...Read more

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Messi starts, but Inter Miami trounced 3-1 by Monterrey, ousted from Champions Cup

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Cerro de la Silla, a breathtaking 6,000-foot mountain and symbol of the Mexican city of Monterrey, provided the perfect backdrop for the Champions Cup quarterfinal late Wednesday night between Inter Miami and Monterrey.

The mountain towers over Estadio BBVA, which was appropriate for Lionel Messi and his pink-clad teammates, who faced an uphill...Read more

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Messi, Inter Miami at Monterrey in Champions Cup Wednesday a red-hot rivalry game

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MIAMI — Mexican cuisine varies in spiciness from mild to extra hot, and the same can be said for matchups between MLS and Liga MX teams over the years. Some of the rivalries were less spicy, some more.

It is safe to say there has never been a more piquant or anticipated showdown between an MLS team and a Liga MX team than the second leg of ...Read more