Yerson Candelo

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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.