Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo will play Liga MX side Tigres UANL in the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals next month.
Mauro Manotas’ brace off the bench helped the Dynamo hold off Guatemala’s Guastatoya 2-1 Tuesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas, to win the Round of 16 tie 3-1 on aggregate.
Guastatoya entered Tuesday’s second leg down a goal and got it back in the 72nd minute, when Aaron Navarro scored off an Isaac Acuna assist. The celebration lasted only briefly.
Manotas — subbed on for Ronaldo Peña in the 69th minute — accepted a cross from teammate Alberth Elis — subbed on in the 60th minute for Romell Quioto — to even the score 1-1 four minutes later and retake the aggregate lead.
A Manotas free kick was deflected into Guastatoya’s net in the 85th minute to close out the victory.
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The date and time of the quarterfinal matches are to be determined, but they will take place between March 5 and 14, according to Concacaf’s schedule.
Tigres beat Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa 5-2 on aggregate Tuesday to advance, while Toronto FC was eliminated from the competition, falling 5-1 on aggregate to Panama’s Club Atlético Independiente de la Chorrera. In the quarterfinals, CAI will face the winner of Thursday’s match between Sporting Kansas City and Mexico’s Toluca FC.
The rest of the quarterfinalist will be determined by Thursday night as well.
Guatemala's Guastatoya footballer Carlos Gallardo (L) vies for the ball with US Houston Dynamo Alberth Elis during their Concacaf Champions League football match at the Doroteo Guamuch stadium in Guatemala City on Feb. 19, 2019. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP)