Houston Dynamo used an injured Lionel Messi to beat Inter Miami 2-1 to become United States Cup champions. The final was played today, Wednesday (27/9), at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, home of Inter Miami. As a result, Dorsey and Barsey scored from the penalty spot in the first half. Inter took advantage of stoppage time in the closing stages with Hadebe alone. Superior, Houston had less possession (41%) and finished the contest with more shots (19 to 12). In this way, a worthy achievement. Messi, with a muscle injury, watched the game from the chair.
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This is the 108th edition of the United States Cup. This is the second time the Houston Dynamo are champions (they won in 2018). Inter Miami was trying to win the first trophy of the competition, which is contested by teams from various football franchises and has 100 competitors in the current edition. A draw was held between the finalists to determine the location of the final. With this, Inter Miami came out on top. But the home factor is of no use. His dream of winning another trophy this season ended (he won the League Cup).
Houston had two Brazilians: defender Michel (ex-Atletico-MG) and defender Arthur (ex-São Paulo). Inter Miami does not have a Brazilian.
Inter were better without Messi and Houston in the first half
With Messi and Jordi Alba out injured, and their other star player Busquets on the field, Inter Miami were easily dominated by Houston in the first half. Very dangerous, the team scored in the 23rd minute. On a plot to the left, the ball rolled up the order for Dorsey’s accurate finish. At the age of 33, Yedlin beat Colombian Quiñones Iduré in that section. Punishment. Frenchman Bassey charged and expanded.
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In the second half, Inter Miami attacked a lot, had very dangerous chances, but did not score. Houston counterattacked well and even scored a goal with Quiñones Idure. Canceled Mass. In the final minutes, Inter were still on top and were reduced to 46 with Hadebe. Then there was total pressure from the home team and three chances to equalise. But Houston won 2-1 and captured the trophy, much to the delight of their fans and James Harden. “Barba,” one of the NBA’s biggest stars — and a football enthusiast — is one of the owners of the franchise and follows the game on site.
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