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MLS Teams Advance in the Champions Cup

Scottish International Paul Dalglish (yes he is Kenny Dalglish’s son!) scored a critical goal and helped set up another as Houston defeated Puntarenas FC 2-0 in the home leg of the CONCACAF Champions Cup Quarterfinal held in College Station. This game was noteworthy partly because the atmosphere on the Texas A&M campus seemed far more lively than any Dyanamo game I watched last season from Houston. This was the first win for an MLS team over a Costa Rican team in the Champions Cup since the Galaxy defeated Saprissa in 2000. Over the past six years Costa Rican teams have dominated MLS sides in the competition. The Dynamo will now face Pachuca in the Semifinals.

DC United cruised behind two more goals from Emilio, who appears to be the best International signing for an MLS club this year (besides David Beckham) to a 7-3 aggregate win over CD Olimpia and now will face Chivas in the Semifinals.

About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC. View all posts by Kartik Krishnaiyer →

4 Responses to MLS Teams Advance in the Champions Cup

  1. Juan Berthy-Suarez says:

    Some tasty matchups in the next round. DC v. Chivas could have the makings of a budding rivalry.

    Emilio is incredible! His touch and finishing are awesome! He is going to score alot this season.

    It’s “same shit, different day” for Anshitz’ bastard franchise. Playing what is supposed to be a Champions League game on what looked like a practice field in College Station really makes the tournament look important.

    What, is the football team using the field in Houston for spring practice?

    It reminds me of the U.S. Open Cup game the ‘Quakes played against the Gals at University of San Francisco’s field.

    Great team – no respect.

  2. Sams Army says:

    The quality of MLS was clearly demonstrated last night and if you want to continue to attck the league you’ll have egg all over your face really soon.

  3. Xavier says:

    Houston was very fortunate to go through. DC on the other hand can win the whole event and face off with Liverpool in Tokyo.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sams Army you are an idiot!

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