'Inter Miami vs. Houston Dynamo live stream: Lionel Messi's status for U.S. Open Cup final, TV channel, news'
The U.S. Open Cup final between the Houston Dynamo and Inter Miami takes place this Wednesday in Fort Lauderdale.
The highly anticipated U.S. Open Cup final is set to take place this Wednesday at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. The match will see the Houston Dynamo and Inter Miami go head-to-head for the championship title. Both teams have shown significant improvements this season, making this a thrilling affair. The Dynamo, under the management of Ben Olsen, have seen a boost in performance, while Miami has undergone a major overhaul with the addition of star players Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba, as well as Tata Martino taking over as coach. However, Messi and Alba will not be playing in the final due to injuries.
Inter Miami will be without their star players Messi and Alba, who were withdrawn from their last MLS match due to fatigue. While coach Martino has downplayed the injuries, there is a chance that they could be more serious. Despite already qualifying for the Concacaf Champions Cup, Miami will be eager to secure another trophy and will put everything on the line to do so.
The Houston Dynamo have relied heavily on their midfield duo of Hector Herrera and Adalberto Carrasquilla, but the goals of Amine Bassi have been crucial to their success. Bassi is questionable for the final due to a lower-body injury, which could see Corey Baird leading the line against Miami. The Dynamo face the challenge of preparing for a Miami team with an uncertain lineup, but coach Olsen is prepared for the danger that Facundo Farias poses.
Coverage of the final will be available on CBS Sports Network and Paramount+. There will be a 90-minute pre-game show starting at 7 p.m. ET, hosted by Kate Abdo. Micah Richards, Clint Dempsey, and Charlie Davies will provide analysis, with Nico Cantor and Susannah Collins reporting from the pitchside. Andres Cordero and Ray Hudson will be the play-by-play commentators, and Christina Unkle will serve as the rules analyst.
In terms of predictions, our experts have varied opinions. Chuck Booth and Pardeep Cattry predict a 2-2 draw, with Inter Miami winning on penalties. Roger Gonzalez and Mike Goodman both predict a 2-1 victory for Miami, while Igor Mello predicts a 1-0 win for the Herons. The Man of the Match predictions include Leonardo Campana, Lionel Messi, and Drake Callender.
Overall, the U.S. Open Cup final promises to be an exciting clash between two teams that have shown great improvement this season. With the absence of Messi and Alba, Miami will have to rely on their other talented players to secure the trophy. The Dynamo, on the other hand, must prepare for a Miami team with an uncertain lineup. Fans can catch all the action on CBS Sports Network and Paramount+.