HOUSTON DYNAMO FC WINS 2023 LAMAR HUNT Us.Ss. OPEN CUP WITH 2-1 VICTORY AGAINST INTER MIAMI CFs

HOUSTON DYNAMO FC WINS 2023 LAMAR HUNT Us.Ss. OPEN CUP WITH 2-1 VICTORY AGAINST INTER MIAMI CFs

HOUSTON DYNAMO FC WINS 2023 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP WITH 2-1 VICTORY AGAINST INTER MIAMI CF

FIRST HALF GOALS FROM GRIFFIN DORSEY AND AMINE BASSI PACE HOUSTON TO SECOND OPEN CUP TITLE IN CLUB HISTORY; DYNAMO, FIRST AWAY TEAM TO WIN AN OPEN CUP CROWN SINCE 2015, CLAIMS TOURNAMENT’S $300K GRAND PRIZE
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Sept. 27, 2023) – In the final contestation of the 108th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Houston Dynamo FC claimed the club’s second U.S. Soccer National Championship by defeating Inter Miami CF 2-1 before a packed house at DRV PNK Stadium. Griffin Dorsey and Amine Bassi scored first half goals for the visitors whose veteran midfield pair of captain Héctor Herrera and Artur stymied a Miami side that was shorn of Jordi Alba and reigning World Cup MVP Lionel Messi.
The victory sees Houston pocket the competition’s $300,000 grand prize and underlines the place it earned in the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup with its Semifinal victory. The Dynamo are the first team since Sporting Kansas City in 2015 to win an Open Cup crown as the away team.
Both teams started the match well, putting in strong tackles and pushing the ball forward with scoring intent, but it was Houston that looked the more dangerous of the two. After the opening quarter hour, Corey Baird came close when he redirected a Nelson Quiñónes cross just over the bar in a warning sign for the home side that the pair of Houston attackers would be a problem throughout the night.
Both dangermen nearly scored shortly after the 20-minute mark when Quiñónes put a slick move on Miami captain DeAndre Yedlin to get free and force goalkeeper Drake Callender into a fantastic diving save that rebounded to Baird directly in front of goal. Callendar was able to stick out a toe and block the Houston man’s wide-open attempt.
Baird would turn provider moments later in the 24th minute. He took a pass from Bassi and raced up the left sideline before picking out Artur, who cooly played an overlapping Dorsey into the Heron’s penalty area. With his grandfather watching from the nearby stands, Dorsey smashed the ball into the roof of the net to give his side an important early lead.
Quiñónes’ speed came to bear just after the half hour mark as he cut in behind Yedlin once again, only to be cut down in the box by the Miami defender. Referee Jon Freemon instantly awarded a penalty kick, and Bassi stepped to the spot where he cooly gave Houston a 2-0 lead in the 33rd minute with a shot right down the middle of the goal.
Houston carved out a number of other first half chances and were nearly made to pay for missing them just before the halftime whistle, but Miami starlet Ben Cremaschi hit his volley from the top of the box over the bar.
Heron’s coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino went to his bench at half time in search of a spark. He found one in previous Open Cup winner Josef Martinez, who nearly brought the hosts within striking distance with a dangerous strike that just brushed past the post in the 56th minute.
The former Atlanta striker would eventually find the back of the net for Miami, but his strike in the second minute of injury time was too little too late as Houston saw out the match and deservedly lifted the 2023 U.S. Open Cup in front of their hearty band of traveling fans.
-LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL MATCH REPORT-
Inter Miami CF (Div. I MLS) vs. Houston Dynamo FC (Div. I MLS) – Championship Match
Sept. 27, 2023 – 8:30 p.m. ET – 76 degrees, humid
DRV PNK Stadium; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (attendance TBA)

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F

MIA 0 1 1
HOU 2 0 2

Griffin Dorsey (Artur) 24th minute
Amine Bassi (penalty kick) 33
Josef Martinez (Facundo Farías) 90+1

Lineups:

MIA: 1-Drake Callender, 2-DeAndre Yedlin (Capt.) (41-David Ruiz, 76), 5-Sergio Busquets, 8-Diego Gómez (3-Dixon Arroyo Espinoza, 46), 9-Leonardo Campana, 11-Facundo Farías, 16-Robert Taylor (17-Josef Martínez, 46), 27-Sergii Kryvtsov, 30-Benjamin Cremaschi (22-Nicolas Stephenelli, 84), 31-Kamal Miller, 32-Noah Allen
Substitutes not used: 29-CJ Dos Santos, 4-Christopher McVey, 6-Tomás Avilés
Head coach: Gerardo Martino
HOU: 13-Andrew Tarbell, 2-Franco Escobar, 6-Artur, 8-Amine Bassi (27-Luís Caicedo, 84), 11-Corey Baird (18-Aliyu Ibrahim, 84), 16-Héctor Herrera (Capt.), 20-Adalberto Carrasquilla (17-Teenage Hadebe, 91), 21-Nelson Quiñónes (3-Brad Smith, 79), 25-Griffin Dorsey, 28-Erik Sviatchenko, 31-Micael
Substitutes not used: 12-Steve Clark, 5-Daniel Steres, 7-Iván Franco
Head coach: Ben Olsen
Stats Summary: MIA / HOU
Shots: 12 / 19
Shots on Goal: 4 / 5
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 5
Fouls: 8 / 10
Offside: 1 / 5
Misconduct Summary:
HOU – Franco Escobar (caution) 12th minute
MIA – Sergii Kryvtsov (caution) 16
MIA – Noah Allen (caution) 19
MIA – DeAndre Yedlin (caution) 32
OfficialsReferee: Jon Freemon
AR1 & 2: Cameron Blanchard, Logan Brown
4th Official: Guido Gonzales, Jr.
VAR: Younes Marrakchi

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