Double delight for Houston and LA in CCL Match-day 5 action

September 25

Houston Dynamo 2 W CONNECTION 0

The hosts moved to the head of Group 1 of the CONCACAF Championships League Competition as they claimed their second win on the spin to put their destiny in their own hands when they visit Panama to face Árabe Unido next month with this win. Jason Johnson powered the Dynamo into the lead 7 minutes from the half-time interval. After picking the ball up thirty yards out from his opponents goal from a goal-kick, he charged at the Trinidad & Tobago side’s defence before unleashing an unstoppable shot past goal-keeper Heiber Figueroa from the left side of the penalty area.

6 minutes into the second-half the home side doubled their lead. After Servando Carrasco had a point-blank shot saved, from the resulting corner Bobby Boswell’s effort hit defender Joao Jordao unexpectedly and deflecting into the net for the insurance tally. W Connection, who have never advanced out of the Group stage in this their third time of trying, finished bottom of the table with the solitary point they picked up coming in the score-less draw when these two side met in the reverse fixture in August.

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Cartagines 0 LA Galaxy 3

The Galaxy made in three wins on the spin to qualify for the knock-out stages of the CCL out of Group 8 with a game to spare. After defeating the hosts 2-0 in the reverse fixture in August they flew to Costa Rica full of confidence that the job could be completed. Things could not have started better for the visitors when they took the lead after only 5 minutes had elapsed. After winning a free-kick himself, Jack McBean then managed to get to the resulting clipped effort from Rafael Garcia to power a header past the hosts goalkeeper Luis Torres. 12 minutes later and LA had doubled their advantage.

This time McBean was instrumental in the build up play as he held off two defenders before playing a ball between them to Michael Stephens who whipped in a cross for Chandler Hoffman to cleverly redirect it into the net for his first professional goal. After 28 minutes Laurent Courtois scored for the second CCL game in a row to end the game as a contest as he picked up a lose ball in space before drilling an accurate shot past Torres. The home team ended their maiden CCL campaign with a respectable four points after a win and a draw against the groups other side Isidro Metapán of El Salvador.

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