The Houston Dynamo were eliminated from the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Tuesday night after losing 1-0 to Tigres UANL at Estadio Universitario and 3-0 on aggregate.
Mexican international Carlos Salcedo capitalized on a loose ball inside the box that was initially disputed by Dynamo defender Kiki Struna and Enner Valencia. Salcedo finished at the near post in the 68th minute for the only goal of the game.
Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis denied Eduardo Vargas’ effort from outside the box with a spectacular one-handed save in the 11th minute. Willis reached across his body to palm the ball out of play for the first of two saves in the first half.
Dynamo midfielder Tommy McNamara capitalized on a defensive error at the edge of the box, but his effort was saved at the near post in the 23rd minute. McNamara has appeared in every game for the Dynamo across all competitions in 2019.
Seven minutes later McNamara forced a save at the far post after he got a touch on Adam Lundkvist’s cross outside the six yard box.
A Tigres defender got a touch on Alberth Elis’ cross in the 50th minute yet his effort fell to Mauro Manotas near the penalty area but his effort went over the crossbar.
Willis made his fourth save of the game in the 64th minute as he denied Vargas’ header with a diving effort at the near post.
The Dynamo will shift their focus to league play as they return to BBVA Compass Stadium at 2 p.m. on Saturday to host Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Tickets for Saturday’s match are on sale now, starting at $24, at HoustonDynamo.com or by phone at 713-276-4625 (GOAL).
Tigres UANL 1-0 (3-0 aggregate) Houston Dynamo
Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinals – Leg Two
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Estadio Universitario– Monterrey, Nuevo León, México
TIG: Carlos Salcedo (unassisted) 68
LINEUPS & STATS:
Tigres UANL: Nahuel Guzman; Hugo Ayala, Guido Pizarro ©, Carlos Salcedo, Luis Rodriguez, Julian Quiñones; Rafael De Souza (Jorge Torres 86), Luis Quiñones (Javier Aquino 62), Jesus Dueñas; Eduardo Vargas (Lucas Zelarayan 83), Enner Valencia
Substitutes not used: Miguel Ortega, Israel Jimenez, Damian Torres, Francisco Meza
Total shots: 16 (Eduardo Vargas 4); Shots on goal: 5 (Eduardo Vargas 2); Fouls: 12 (Enner Valencia 3); Offside: 0 (N/A); Corner kicks: 9 (Rafael De Souza 4); Saves: 1 (Nahuel Guzman 1)
Houston Dynamo: Joe Willis; DaMarcus Beasley © (Adam Lundqvist 19), Kiki Struna, Maynor Figueroa (Kevin Garcia 75), A.J. DeLaGarza; Matias Vera, Boniek Garcia (Tomas Martinez 72), Tommy McNamara; Romell Quioto, Mauro Manotas, Alberth Elis
Substitutes not used: Tyler Deric, Darwin Ceren, Marlon Hairston, Memo Rodriguez
Total shots: 10 (Mauro Manotas 4); Shots on goal: 1 (Tommy McNamara); Fouls: 18 (Alberth Elis 4); Offside: 0 (N/A); Corner kicks: 4 (Adam Lundkvist 3); Saves: 4 (Joe Willis 4)
HOU: Maynor Figueroa (caution; unsporting behavior) 45
HOU: Matias Vera (caution; unsporting behavior) 55
HOU: Kiki Struna (caution; unsporting behavior) 64
Referee: Pupo Martinez (CUB)
Assistant Referee 1: Gerson Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Yordanis Gomez (CUB)
Fourth Official: Walter Lopez (GUA)
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 78 degrees