Camilo Sanvezzo scored two goals on Sunday for Queretaro but many won’t even remember the score of the game after his brilliant first effort.
The Queretaro forward scored the first of two finishes in the 66th minute after winning the ball in his own half, carrying it into the Toluca end and unleashing a deadly shot from just inside midfield.
Sanvezzo eventually scored his side’s second goal in the dying minutes of the match, and his 88th minute finish proved to be the winner for Queretaro, who currently sit 13th in Liga MX.
The 28-year-old should be familiar to MLS fans after Sanvezzo’s time with the Vancouver Whitecaps from 2011 to 2013. The veteran scored 39 goals in 92 matches with the Canadian side.
Queretaro is onto the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League after a 1-1 road draw gave them a 3-1 aggregate win over DC United in the quarters.
Angel Sepulveda scored for the Liga MX side, while Tiago Volpi saved a penalty as Liga MX took the first of four CCL ties against MLS sides.
First round draft pick Julian Buescher scored a wonderful goal from distance for DC United, but it was too little, too late in the 84th minute.
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The visitors got a near-perfect start when Sean Franklin and Steve Birnbaum were crossed up in their six-yard box marking. Sepulveda buried his chance low and to the right of Andrew Dykstra, and DC would need four unanswered goals to pull out a win.
After the early goal, Queretaro played a decidedly more defensive game (although it’s hard to say if that would’ve been their plan anyway). There were a few good pushes for a second goal, but mostly there was a lot of disciplined clogging of the middle, and DC obliged by moving the ball around the perimeter at times.
Patrick Nyarko won a penalty kick early in the second half, and it looked like DC may have the thinnest of life lines. Volpi guessed right on Chris Rolfe’s short run-up, and it remained 3-0 on aggregate.
Things aren’t looking too good for the U.S. halfway through the Major League Soccer vs. Liga MX showdown in the CONCACAF Champions League.
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First legs saw DC United and Real Salt Lake lose by 2 each, while Seattle allowed a pair of road goals in a 2-2 tie and L.A. couldn’t pick up a win at home.
Tuesday gives us a pair of second legs. DC United needs to win 2-0 or by three-plus goals to advance to the semifinals, while L.A. just needs a win… albeit on the road at Estadio Corona.
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D.C. United coach Ben Olsen has confirmed that some of his players had their cell phones and cash stolen out of the dressing room during a CONCACAF Champions League match in Mexico.
After falling 2-0 to Liga MX-side Queretaro, players returned to the locker room to find some of their belongings missing.
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Ahead of their return leg at RFK Stadium, Olsen said they are working to get everything sorted out and that the incident is just another story for the CONCACAF history books.
Nobody likes to get their phones stolen. It’s a huge part of all of our lives. It’s like someone stole your dog.
It’s not ideal, and it’s upsetting that stuff like that still goes down in CONCACAF. It still happens, and it’s a part of CONCACAF for me. You just chalk it up as part of CONCACAF tournaments — it just goes into the stories, into the lore of this great CONCACAF exploration.
The way CONCACAF has dealt with this, and Queretaro, after the incident has been very professional. It’s phones and money that will be paid back — nothing too earth-shattering.
D.C. faces Queretaro on Tuesday before kicking off the MLS season in Los Angeles against the Galaxy next Sunday.
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.