(Photo : Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – Lionel Messi (#10) of Inter Miami reacts throughout the first half of their match in opposition to Toronto FC at DRV PNK Stadium on September 20, 2023 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Inter Miami did not seize their second trophy in membership historical past, dropping to the Houston Dynamo, 2-1, within the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final held of their dwelling on the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Argentine icon Lionel Messi and Spanish left-back Jordi Alba had been each sidelined as a result of accidents, whereas summer season signing Sergio Busquets performed within the recreation.
“It was clearly not prudent for him to play, not even for a few minutes. We couldn’t take the risk. But he will surely play again before the end of the season,” Inter Miami supervisor Tata Martino mentioned after the loss.
Before this recreation, Messi had already missed three of Miami’s final 4 video games as a result of muscle fatigue.
The Argentine tactician added that Messi’s availability will likely be decided on a game-by-game foundation, based mostly upon the suggestions from the medical workforce relating to his harm.
Inter Miami need to stand up the MLS standings to qualify for the playoffs, the place they’re at the moment in 14th place within the Eastern Conference with 32 factors.
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Houston scored two first-half objectives courtesy of winger Griffin Dorsey within the twenty fourth minute and a penalty by midfielder Amine Bassi within the thirty third minute to construct the cushion.
Inter Miami striker Josef Martinez managed to attain a aim in second-half stoppage time, however regardless of the trouble, it wasn’t sufficient for the boys in pink shirts.
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