Luis Suárez and Inter Miami Ready to Kickoff its 2024 Preseason International Tour After the Uruguayan’s Introductory Press Conference

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Luis Suárez ‘arrival to Major League Soccer (MLS) is finally here as Inter Miami CF held their first press conference of the year, officially unveiling the signing of the former Barcelona and Liverpool star.

“I’m happy, eager for this new challenge in a new team that has the objectives that motivate me a lot,” expressed Suárez. “I believe that fútbol is based on challenges that you have to meet, and I think Inter Miami showed me a nice opportunity of why not dream of winning the MLS.” 

Prior to the press conference, Suárez and his former Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba were seen running it back like old times during Inter Miami’s first official 2024 preseason training session.

And to be honest, it does seem a bit surreal watching the four of them train on the grounds of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. And soon it’ll be a dream for fans from all over the world to watch the four Barcelona legends take the pitch together once again.

But that will have to wait as their 2024 Preseason International Tour will first kick off out of the States with Inter Miami first hitting the road to El Salvador before traveling to Dallas, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and back home in a span of five weeks.

  • January 19: Inter Miami CF vs El Salvador National Team at Estadio Cuscatlán in San Salvador, El Salvador
  • January 22: Inter Miami CF vs FC Dallas at Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas
  • January 29: Inter Miami CF vs Al-Hilal FC at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • February 1: Inter Miami CF vs Al Nassr FC at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • February 4: Inter Miami CF vs Hong Kong National Team at Hong Kong Stadium in Hong Kong, China
  • February 7: Inter Miami CF vs Vissel Kobe at Japan National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan
  • February 15: Inter Miami CF vs Newell’s Old Boys at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Nevertheless, the sight of these four players in the same squad again will have us at the edge of our seats, creating one of the deadliest attacks in South Florida. On paper, Inter Miami has for sure put together one of the stunning collections of talent ever seen in MLS and possibly in the history of American soccer.

But not only will Suárez be partnering up with fútbol icon Messi, but also with Leonardo Campana, who when healthy could be a deadly marksman, Robert Taylor, who was a full force in Inter Miami’s League Cup winning campaign, and with young talents like Facundo Farías, Benjamin Cremaschi, and Robbie Robinson.

Suárez First Press Conference as Inter Miami Player

After training, Suárez met with U.S. media for his first press conferences as an Inter Miami player. Below are the Uruguayan’s remarks, translated into English. (Only displaying certain comments by Suárez. To find the full transcript click HERE).

How do you feel about this new move and what do you plan on doing with Inter Miami this year?

“I’m happy, eager for this new challenge in a new team that has the objectives that motivate me a lot. I believe that fútbol is based on challenges that you have to meet, and I think Inter Miami showed me a nice opportunity of why not dream of winning the MLS. I came here to help a team that has great players. I’m still adapting, getting used to the new teammates and the new club and I am motivated by the challenge of achieving what the club wants this year, which is to try to achieve an MLS Cup. And then professionally try to perform what they expect of me. This time period also served me in recovering, resting and preparing for what is coming this beautiful year.”

What does it mean to play alongside your former Barcelona teammates (Messi, Alba, Busquets)?

“It’s nice, remembering great moments that we lived together at the Club that we all dreamed of, in Barcelona, and I think that another reason for being here is to be alongside them again. But, more than anything, we are very ambitious, very professional, and we are committed. We want to try to teach the young talent that Inter Miami doesn’t care for the age, but rather the commitment and sacrifice you have on and off the field. It’s about trying to help as much as possible with that desire to compete, no matter your age. That is an image that brings back beautiful memories, that can excite people, and now it is our turn to show them what we can do on the field.” 

Are you worried about the effect playing a lot of preseason matches will have on you physically? 

“I think that a professional has to be prepared for everything. In this case, have a good preseason, some good work to adapt to and to gain a rhythm. Afterwards, the preseason games serve for the coach to see things about the team, about the players who are arriving. We are devoted to the club, to the public, and we have to be prepared whether in El Salvador, in Arabia, in Hong Kong, Japan, or wherever we go. We have to be a professional, get in physical shape, be ready and improve for the 21st, which is when we want to be ready to start the MLS.”

What are your goals for 2024? 

“I set a goal for myself, and I know what I can give and contribute. I know what I can contribute to the team, the goals I can score, but I don’t want to say them. I’m not like Romario, who said 30 or 40 and did them. I prefer to keep it to myself and then do what I want.”

Suárez Transfer Deal

Inter Miami signed Suárez as a free agent in December 2023 with a one-year contract that will run through the 2024 MLS season, with option to extend it to 2025.

Not official yet, but the striker may take a Designated Player (DP) spot as it’s rumored that Miami might buy down the Brazilian center defensive midfielder Gregore. At the moment, Miami’s DPs spots are locked in by Messi, Busquets and Gregore.

Before the Move to the MLS

Prior to starting a new chapter in the MLS, the Uruguayan goalscorer has starred for AFC Ajax, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Groningen FC, Liverpool FC, Nacional and most recently for Brazilian side Grêmio.

At the Brazilian Club, Suárez put up great numbers for his age (37) and for someone who has undergone knee surgeries earlier in his career. He scored a total of 26 goals in 53 appearances across all competitions and notably, ended his final match with Grêmio with a superb winning goal against CR Vasco de Gama, defeating them 1-0. He also dished out 17 assists in all competitions throughout the season, leading the Brazilian league with the most assists at 11.

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