The final overseas match of Inter Miami CF's global preseason tour arrives Wednesday, pitting the club against reigning J1 League champion Vissel Kobe.
How to watch & stream
- Wednesday, February 7 | 5 am ET/2 am PT
- Japan National Stadium | Tokyo, Japan
After two setbacks in Saudi Arabia, Inter Miami logged their first preseason victory over the weekend – a 4-1 win over a collection of Hong Kong league all-stars.
That match raised a couple of questions, especially if star forwards Lionel Messi (adductor) and Luis Suárez (knee) will play vs. Vissel Kobe amid injury precautions. Additionally, whether head coach Tata Martino will further lean into the 4-3-3 formation after shifting away from a five-man backline.
Vissel Kobe is the former club of FC Barcelona legend Andrés Iniesta, a longtime teammate for Messi, Suárez, Busquets and Alba.
But they're also a formidable opponent, winning their first-ever J1 League title in 2023. That effort was fueled, in large part, by striker Yuya Osako, midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, goalkeeper Daiya Maekawa and more.
Vissel Kobe are in preseason mode as well, building towards the Japanese Super Cup on Feb. 16 and a Feb. 23 league kickoff.