The Houston Dynamo won their second U.S. Open Cup title on Wednesday at DRV PNK Stadium after they notched a 2-1 win over Inter Miami, who were without Lionel Messi.
The Dynamo dominated from the start and were particularly aggressive in attack, which eventually resulted in the game's first goal in the 24th minute. A giveaway from Miami allowed the Dynamo attack to come alive, with Artur providing a smart little pass to Griffin Dorsey to smash the ball into the back of the net from close range.
Nine minutes later, Houston were able to double the lead after they received a penalty. Miami defender DeAndre Yedlin tackled Nelson Quinones in the box, allowing Amine Bassi to convert with ease from the penalty spot.
Miami slowly worked their way into the second half and had a flurry of shots in stoppage time, one of which resulted in a goal that gave the hosts hopes of winning the title alive. Facundo Farias sent the ball towards Josef Martinez, who scored from inside the box in the 92nd minute. It ultimately was not enough for Miami.
Messi did not make the game day 18 after several weeks of battling fatigue and his missing presence was notable, especially in a poor, sloppy first half.
This is the Dynamo's first trophy since their 2018 U.S. Open Cup triumph and the first since Ben Olsen was hired last year to undergo a rebuild.
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