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sport news Inter Miami 2-0 Real Salt Lake: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and David Beckham's ... trends now

sport news Inter Miami 2-0 Real Salt Lake: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and David Beckham's ... trends now

From San Diego, Los Angeles and even Colombia, they flocked down to South Florida to watch Lionel Messi and Inter Miami begin the first full season of their still-inconceivable partnership.

And over the course of 90 frantic minutes vs Real Salt Lake, the fans at the newly-named Chase Stadium were reminded again and again why they’d made the trip. Plane, car, train - it didn’t matter.

Messi proved once again that he was worth the trek.

The Herons got their season off to a winning start on Wednesday night as they beat their visitors 2-0 and mostly looked the part of the MLS Cup contenders they’re being billed as.

There was no Messi goal but numerous reminders of his brilliance. An audacious Olimpico try about 15 minutes in that forced goalie Zac MacMath to tip over. A jaw-dropping nutmeg near midfield. A truly outrageous chip over a player to set himself up for a shot. Several slaloming runs through the defense.

Inter Miami beat Real Salt Lake 2-0 on the opening night of the MLS season but were far from comfortable in Florida

Inter Miami beat Real Salt Lake 2-0 on the opening night of the MLS season but were far from comfortable in Florida

Fireworks light up the night sky after Robert Taylor gave Miami the lead - helped by some awful goalkeeping by Salt Lake

Fireworks light up the night sky after Robert Taylor gave Miami the lead - helped by some awful goalkeeping by Salt Lake

Taylor was played through on goal by Lionel Messi and his low finish should have been kept out but it crept into the corner

Taylor was played through on goal by Lionel Messi and his low finish should have been kept out but it crept into the corner

David Beckham was all smiles on the sideline as he watched his new-look Miami team claim all three points on opening night

David Beckham was all smiles on the sideline as he watched his new-look Miami team claim all three points on opening night

Wednesday night's game marked Luis Suarez's first appearance in MLS and he helped set up Miami's second goal of the night

Wednesday night's game marked Luis Suarez's first appearance in MLS and he helped set up Miami's second goal of the night

MATCH FACTS

Inter Miami (4-3-3): Callender, Yedlin, Aviles (Allen 77), Kryvtsov, Alba, Gressel (Mota 77), Busquets (Sunderland 84), Gomez, Messi, Suarez (Campana 90), Taylor (Ruiz 76).

Unused subs: Sailor, Dos Santos, Borgelin, Boatwright.

Goals: Taylor 39, Gomez 83

Booked: Gomez 

Real Salt Lake (4-2-3-1): MacMath, Eneli, Glad, Vera, Brody, Ojeda, Palacio (Barajas 66), Gomez (Julio 66), Ruiz, Luna (Caliskan 73), Arango (Hidalgo 86).

Unused subs: Oviedo, Chang, Holt, Silva, Beavers.

Goals: None

Booked: Ruiz

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‘Tired’ as he may have been towards the end of the team’s arduous preseason, he certainly didn’t look it on Wednesday.

It was fair to wonder if Miami would open the season looking flat after their gratuitous preparations that saw them log thousands of air miles en route to Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Japan.

Still, there was optimism in the air.

Luis Suarez warmly hugged co-owner David Beckham as he was presented to the fans along with his family.

The pink wave in the supporters’ section bounced. A couple of fans under the press box brandished an Argentina flag as the teams walked out.

Any opening-day doubts, though, were quickly assuaged

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