MLSsoccer.com's David Agrell looks back through the years of the CONCACAF Champions League and its predecessor – the CONCACAF Champions' Cup – and offers up 10 great moments in the tournament's storied history.
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The Dynamo were dumped out of the Champions League in a shocking upset loss to the tournament’s weakest team, which entered the game with a -17 goal differential in five games. Two early goals put Houston in a hole, and despite goals from Geoff Cameron and, bizarrely, from goalkeeper Tally Hall, the Dynamo fell 3-2 and failed to advance.
Pachuca put a damper on Houston’s hopes of advancing by stealing a road win thanks to a first-half goal from Edgar Benitez. The Dynamo completely dominated the first half, but their best chance was a Brian Mullan shot off the post, and they could not break the Pachuca back line.
Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear called Tuesday's match against Árabe Unido a must-win game if his team wanted to advance out of Group A in the 2009-10 CONCACAF Champions League.
With just 17 players available due to injuries, suspension, and eligibility, the Dynamo turned in a strong first half but still trailed their Mexican rival, only to see another red card – this one to Dominic Oduro – ruin their chances of a comeback. Paul Aguilar sealed the game for Pachuca in the second half.
The Houston Dynamo escaped La Chorrera, Panama Wednesday night with a point in the CONCACAF Champions League Group A standings – and their health, mostly – after a crazy game that included five red cards, a power outage, and projectiles thrown from the crowd. In the end, after a 12-minute delay during stoppage time, the Dynamo and Panamanian club Árabe Unido finished level at 1-1.
Second-half substitutes linked up when Stuart Holden delivered a beautiful ball tofor the game's only goal as the Dynamo opened CONCACAF Champions League play with a victory against Isidro Metapán of El Salvador on Wednesday night at Robertson Stadium.
The Houston Dynamo conceded a pair of first-half goals to Mexican club Atlante on Tuesday night en route to a 3-0 defeat at Estadio Andres Quintana Roo and elimination in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, 4-1 on aggregate.
Atlante became the first team to advance to the semifinals of the inaugural tournament, and they will meet either the Montreal Impact of the United Soccer Leagues or Honduran champions Marathon in the next round. Houston is the latest victim in an unfortunate streak for Major League Soccer clubs, who have yet to win a match on Mexican soil.
The Houston Dynamo nearly opened their 2009 calendar in style but ended up settling for a heartbreaking 1-1 tie with Atlante of Mexico in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series Tuesday at Robertson Stadium. Bobby Boswell's header in the 34th minute opened the scoring for Houston, but an 82nd-minute equalizer from Gabriel Pereyra left the teams deadlocked.
It does not exactly make up for a loss in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs, but the Houston Dynamo's 1-0 win against CD Luis Angel Firpo Wednesday night at Robertson Stadium will help ease the pain of what is sure to be a long winter.
Brian Ching scored the only goal of the game in the 13th minute and goalkeeper Pat Onstad made five saves, leading the Dynamo to the quarterfinal round of the CONCACAF Champions League.