CONCACAF Champions League: Houston advances; No miracle for TFC

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One Major League Soccer team is out, and another has moved on following a day of CONCACAF Champions League second legs which included a lightning delay, frigid temperatures, and a frenetic end in Texas.

[ MORE: Tuesday’s PL match recaps ]


Toronto FC 1-1 (1-4 agg.) Independiente

There was a school of thought that Toronto FC could come back from its 4-0 deficit given the quality of its club, presuppositions about the Panamanian visitors, and the cold weather in Ontario.

And it was 1-0 at halftime through Jordan Hamilton, but Toronto, well, let’s just say Laurent Ciman is a much better player than this:

Houston Dynamo 2-1 (3-1 agg.) Guastatoya

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champs had to work for their spot in the quarterfinals, and they also had to wait.

Delayed more than two hours due to lightning in Texas, the Dynamo gave their 1-0 advantage back to the visitors via a 72nd minute Aaron Navarro goal.

But Mauro Manotas scored twice in eight minutes to push the Dynamo into the next round.