Some days the bounces just don’t go your way, even at home.
Major League Soccer sides New York Red Bulls and Houston Dynamo both failed to take advantage of home first legs, falling behind in CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal ties against Liga MX opposition.
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Houston Dynamo 0-2 UANL Tigres
The offense didn’t materialize for the hosts, who got a pair of nice saves from Joe Willis but couldn’t keep the visitors off the board off 90 minutes.
Enner Valencia registered a goal and an assist, while Julian Quinones also scored and Luis Quinones had an assist to put Houston in a bad place headed back to Tigres.
New York Red Bulls 0-2 Santos Laguna
Despite a 14-10 edge in shots on a frigid evening in Harrison, N.J., Chris Armas’ Red Bulls could not collect any goals and gave themselves a heck of a hill to climb next week in Torreon.
Six saves from Jonathan Orozco make him the easy Man of the Match, as Santos Laguna scored three minutes before and after the break.