GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA (February 19, 2019) – DaMarcus Beasley shall not grow old. In the first international competition since the Dominic Kinnear Era, the Houston Dynamo were victorious. Off a late goal from their captain, Houston won the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 at DC Guastatoya, 1-0.
DaMarcus Beasley screamer lifts Houston Dynamo over CD Guastatoya in CCL first leg
The match got off to a decent pace despite some on-and-off rain throughout the day and night. Romell Quioto and Alberth Elis got on the ball in the final third to try and create chances, but the Guastatoya back line stayed organized and didn’t give them any room to create. As the match wore on, the home side found their footing, creating chances on the counter and winning several corners.
The best chance for Wilmer Cabrera’s side came in the final minutes of the first half as Juan Cabezas fired a half volley from just outside the box, but goalkeeper José Calderón made the finger tip save. The home side had several chances on the counter, the best coming on a header in the box by Christopher Ramírez that was sent wide of goal.
In the second half, the game slowed down as Houston appeared to run out of gas with their preseason legs feeling heavy. Both teams had quality changes, but not in great numbers.
In the 84th minute, Quioto had another good chance but was denied point blank by Calderón. On the following corner, the ball was cleared just outside the of the box. DaMarcus Beasley ran onto it unchallenged and shot first time, scoring in the bottom far corner to take the lead. Houston held onto the lead, winning 1-0.
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Three Big Thoughts:
Guastatoya defense limits Dynamo counter: The Guatemalans got stuck in for much of this game. With Houston at their best on the counter, they were forced to play with the ball against numbers. With some great saves, it worked for almost the full 90 minutes.
CONCACAFing slows game down: The game got chippy relatively early with the officials letting the two sides play. Guastatoya had several tactical fouls that frustrated Houston. One or two on A.J. DeLaGarza were particularly concerning giving his injury history.
The ageless wonder DaMarcus Beasley: DaMarcus Beasley waited till he was 36-years-old to score his first international goal in club soccer, and boy was it a big one. The captain got his side a crucial road goal on a fantastic shot in the final minutes.