Messi out of US Open Cup final, Inter Miami vs Houston Dynamo 1-2

Lionel Messi could not play and Houston Dynamo took full advantage of winning the trophy on their home ground.

Griffin Dorsey and Amin Bassey scored in the first half and Houston – NBA star James Harden, who was part of the team's ownership group, scored in the first half.

It won the US Open Cup by beating Messi-less Inter Miami 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Joseph Martínez scored for Inter Miami in second-half stoppage time.

Messi was not on Inter Miami's active roster for the match due to a foot problem.

It was Messi's fourth absence in his last five matches for club and country combined.

Inter Miami will resume their bid for a spot in the Major League Soccer playoffs this weekend.

The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner was forced off in the first half of the match against Toronto on September 20 due to a foot problem.