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Queretaro strikes twice late to down DC United in CONCACAF Champions League first leg

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Second-half goals from Yerson Candelo and Edgar Benitez led Queretaro to a 2-0 win in the first leg of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal at Estadio La Corregidora on Tuesday.

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Early corners came DC United’s way, and Steve Birnbaum nearly headed home in the 4th minute.

Lucho Acosta finally opened up a chance worth watching in the 39th minute, as the MLS newcomer belted a shot that was parried right to Fabian Espindola. Sadly, the rebound was flubbed.

Jonathan Bornstein had a decent chance for the home side, which struggled to find a flow. To be fair, so did the visitors.

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The pace picked up in the second half, or at least the action, as Taylor Kemp dribbled in from the left wing and pinged a rocket off the crossbar.

And then, the goal. It was a 71st minute spinning beauty, too, one that fooled Andrew Dykstra from 20 yards out. Maybe Bill Hamid makes the stop, but it was 1-0 Queretaro either way.

Another disappointing moment in defense came when a mistimed headed clearance helped a pass to reach Benitez, who beat Dykstra near post.

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Duwayne Kerr is regretting coming off his line.

A gaffe from the Jamaican goalkeeper is the reason Paraguay remains unbeaten in Copa America 2015, as Toluca forward Edgar Benitez deposited Kerr’s unfortunate headed clearance in the goal for a 1-0 lead that stood up.

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Paraguay now has four points through two matches after drawing Argentina 1-1 in its opener, while Jamaica is 0-2 with a pair of 1-0 losses.

Jamaica gets Argentina on Saturday, while Paraguay wraps up group play against Uruguay.

And what a way to concede:

Did you pay attention to Mexico last night?

Fidel Martinez, Alfredo Moreno, Fernando Arce

It was a late start for you large-numbered East Coasters, but our man Noah gave fair warning. Come Thursday night, Mexico’s first title of the season would start to be decided, with one of two unlikely surprise stories set to claim a historic title.

For Toluca, winning their two-legged tie against Club Tijuana would give the team an 11th Primera Division title, tying Chivas’s record.

For Tijuana (Xolos, Club TJ – whatever you want to call them), history’s already been made, the club competing in their first Primera final. Win it, however, and a team that was in the second division a year-and-a-half ago will claim a surprise first title.

Last night, Tijuana held serve at Estadio Caliente, if controversially. After Tijuana’s Fidel Martinez and Toluca’s Edgar Benítez traded first half goals within two minutes of each other, Pablo Aguilar scored TJ’s winner from an offside position. Xolos went on to win, 2-1.

Otherwise, it was an impressive attacking performance from Tijuana, though with only a one-goal lead, Toluca has to be favored to take home the title.

But remember Sunday. Then, América – the tournament’s four-seed – got two early goals at Toluca, giving los Diablos Rojos a scare on their way to the final. Tijuana’s certainly capable of doing the same.

A TJ title could have major implications for Liga MX beyond Xolos’ first title. Moving the title nearly 1200 miles away from the league’s next-closest team would present a major shift in Mexican soccer power, especially since its destination would be a border town long thought to be a city based on as much promise as present.  With Club Tijuana already generating excitement north of the border (where San Diegans can walk to the game after parking at the San Ysidro crossing), a championship could make major waves.

First things first – the second leg. The teams meet at the Nemesio Diez Sunday, 7:00 p.m. Eastern.