Inter Miami celebrated a memorable title just a month ago, led by Lionel Messi.

In contrast, their journey to another title without Messi and Jordi Alba was challenging.

An injury sidelined Messi and Alba, affecting Inter Miami's chances in the U.S. Open Cup final.

The most exciting moments of the match occurred in the final three minutes.

Griffin Dorsey scored for the Houston Dynamo in the 24th minute, giving them an early lead.

Amine Bassi converted a penalty in the 32nd minute, extending the Dynamo's lead to 2-0.

Josef Martinez scored a late goal for Inter Miami in the 91st minute, making it 2-1.

Despite a strong second half effort, Inter Miami couldn't secure the win.

VAR review disallowed a goal by Inter Miami, keeping the score at 2-0.

Inter Miami trailed 2-0 at halftime, with Houston Dynamo dominating in shots.