A surprise defeat for Houston Dynamo at the hands of group minnows Metapan on Wednesday cost the American club a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, handing the berth to Panama’s Arabe Unido.
El Salvador’s Metapan had lost all five of its previous group games, but Emerson Umana’s deflected freekick gave the hosts a shock 3-2 win over a stunned Houston, which would have reached the quarters with a win.
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That meant Arabe Unido clung onto second spot in Group A despite losing 2-0 to Mexico’s Pachuca, which topped the group and also progresses to the last eight.
In the night’s other group game, Trinidad’s W Connection defeated Honduras’ Real Espana 3-2 in Group D, with two goals in the first 10 minutes from Jose Carlos Diaz. Jose Luis Seabra scored the winner in the 65th.
That result eliminated Real Espana from quarterfinal contention.
W Connection moved into second place in the group, but Guatemala’s Communicaciones can take that spot if it beats already qualified Pumas UNAM of Mexico in the final group game Thursday. A draw in that game will put W Connection and Communicaciones level on points, with the Trinidadians progressing on a better head-to-head record.
Another quarterfinal spot will be decided on Thursday in Group B.
Marathon of Honduras will take second place if it beats San Juan Jabloteh of Trinidad. If Marathon draws or loses, MLS team D.C. United will take second place and qualify for the quarterfinals.
Mexico’s Toluca and Cruz Azul, plus Columbus Crew of the U.S. have already booked their quarterfinal berths.