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Inter Miami 2024 MLS season preview: Tactics, predicted XI, predictions

Gerardo Martino

After a crazy 2023 that saw Inter Miami miss out on the postseason but still win Leagues Cup with the legendary Lionel Messi, the Herons will aim for more stability in the 2024 campaign.

The previous year had everything possible for the Herons — they parted ways with Phil Neville mid-season, signed the greatest player to ever live, won their first-ever trophy and then capped it all off by missing the playoffs.

It was truly a rollercoaster season for Miami with new head coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, who took over the reigns just before Messi officially signed with the south Florida side. But with some fresh faces in the squad and players returning from long-term injuries, Miami hopes to enjoy a more stable season in 2024 as they’re set to compete in MLS, Leagues Cup, US Open Cup and Concacaf Champions Cup.

Here’s everything you need to know about Inter Miami ahead of the 2024 MLS season.

Transfers in


Former Club


Luis Suarez


Free transfer

Julian Gressel

Columbus Crew

Free transfer

Nicolas Freire



Transfers out


Club Joined


Kamal Miller

Portland Timbers


Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez

River Plate


Josef Martinez

CF Montreal

Free transfer

Dixon Arroyo

Barcelona SC

Free transfer

Nicolas Stefanelli

Fehervar FC


Christoper McVey

DC United


Victor Ulloa

Out of contract

Jake LaCava

Charleston Battery

Free transfer

Gerardo Martino

Tata Martino takes the touchline for Miami in 2024 / Megan Briggs/GettyImages

Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino doesn’t typically stick to one formation: He goes back and forth between a 3-5-2 and a 4-3-3, depending on the players he has available and the upcoming opponents. His back-and-forth approach sometimes looks like a masterclass, while in other instances the team looks discombobulated.

However, he still guided Miami to Leagues Cup glory — their first-ever trophy — and has exceptional quality in the midfield and attack. Of course there’s Messi, alongside Luis Suarez, as both ex-Barcelona players are capable of playing in a striker partnership up front. Leo Campana is also capable of linking with either player, too.

Sergio Busquets, Gregore and Diego Gomez — as well as Benjamin Cremaschi when he returns a few months later from injury — all play in the middle of the park regardless of the formation, keeping control of possession and recycling play to jumpstart attacks. Former Spain international Jordi Alba and 2023 MLS Cup winner Julian Gressel are set to play as wing-backs, with the latter able to tuck into the midfield if needed.


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