Dynamo booted from CCL by Santos Laguna
The Houston Dynamo's run in the CONCACAF Champions League is over. The Texan side lost 3-0 to Santos Laguna at the Estadio Corona in Torreon Wednesday night, leaving them with a 3-1 aggregate loss in the quarterfinal stage of the competition.
Unlike their 1-0 victory over Santos in the first leg of the tie, Houston was thoroughly outplayed through much of the match and appeared shaky on the defensive side of the ball. The first goal came after Dynamo defender Warren Creavalle wrestled Santos' Oribe Peralta to the ground in the penalty box, awarding a spot kick to the Mexican side. Though Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall saved the penalty kick with his foot, Juan Pablo Rodriguez was able to bury the rebound to put Santos up 1-0.
Santos would score their second just five minutes later, as former MLS man Herculez Gomez took advantage of a miscommunication between Hall and defender Bobby Boswell, pouncing on a loose ball at the top of the box and burying it in the back of the net to double Santos' advantage.
Though Houston made a valiant effort to get back in the game, their efforts went unrewarded and Santos sub Marc Crosas sealed the deal with an open header in the 77th minute.