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Where to watch Inter Miami vs DC United live stream, TV channel, lineups for MLS match with Lionel Messi injured

Inter Miami look to defend their early position at the top of the Eastern Conference standings as they travel north to visit the nation’s capital for a matchup against D.C. United.

The visitors will be without world-class superstar Lionel Messi, who was injured in the midweek continental fixture against Nashville SC. Messi scored a goal and assisted another in an emphatic win for Tata Martino’s side, but he was withdrawn in the 50th minute with a hamstring injury and has been all but ruled out for this weekend’s game.

Messi has been brilliant this season for Inter Miami, but the club has not managed to compile a winning formula in his absence. They faltered last season in the playoff hunt with Messi sidelined due to injury, and their only loss thus far has been with the Argentine out against CF Montreal to get rest.

D.C. United are unbeaten through three games this season, having topped the New England Revolution in the opener at home followed by draws against Portland Timbers and FC Cincinnati both on the road.

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Inter Miami vs DC United live stream, TV channel

Inter Miami’s visit to D.C. United will be available for free on MLS Season Pass from Apple TV this week, as Major League Soccer makes the entire Matchweek 4 slate available to access for free.

Fans will not require an MLS Season Pass subscription to access any of this weekend’s MLS matches.

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What time is Inter Miami vs DC United kickoff?

This MLS match kicks off at Audi Field on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. local time in the nation’s capital.

Here’s how that time translates across all of the time zones in the United States:

  Date Kickoff time
Eastern Time Sat, Mar. 16 2 p.m.
Central Time Sat, Mar. 16 1 p.m.
Mountain Time Sat, Mar. 16 12 p.m.
Pacific Time Sat, Mar. 16 11 a.m.
Alaska ST Sat, Mar. 16 10 a.m.
Hawaii ST Sat, Mar. 16 9 a.m.

Inter Miami vs DC United lineups & team news

Unfortunately for fans who bought tickets to see the Argentine legend, Lionel Messi is injured for this match and almost certainly won’t play. Inter Miami head coach Tata Martino said as much after he was subbed off in the 50th minute against Nashville SC in the CONCACAF Nations League midweek, and assistant coach Javier Morales said on Friday that Messi “is practically ruled out.”

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Midfielder Benjamin Cremaschi is still recovering from his hernia surgery and will continue to miss time, while Ian Fray nears a return from last season’s ACL injury but will be brought along slowly. Facundo Farias is out for the year with an ACL tear of his own.

Goalkeeper Drake Callender will leave the squad for international duty next week but will play in this match, while the likes of Diego GomezDavid RuizLeonardo CampanaRobert TaylorSerhiy Kryvtsov, and Luis Suarez all could potentially be called up as well.

Inter Miami projected starting lineup (5-3-2): Callender (GK) — Gressel, Allen, Aviles, Freire, Alba — Redondo, Busquets, D. Gomez — Campana, Suarez.

While Inter Miami are without their talisman, so are D.C. United, as Christian Benteke misses the first part of the campaign with a hamstring injury. He scored a hat-trick in the season-opener but has been absent since, likely to be out another few weeks. Veteran defender Steve Birnbaum is also missing due to a knee problem, while left-back Mohanad Jeahze has a hamstring issue.

Head coach Troy Lesense is also without starting goalkeeper Tyler Miller due to a shoulder injury, left to lean on former Syracuse star Alex Bono between the sticks for a short while.

New signing Gabriel Pirani, who joined from Brazilian side Santos in the offseason, will start at the No. 10, and former Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich will slot in alongside him.

D.C. United projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Bono (GK) — Herrera, Bartlett, McVey, Santos — Peltola, Klich — Stroud, Pirani, Hopkins — Dajome.

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