Dynamo advance in CONCACAF; RSL ousted
HOUSTON (AP) -- Andre Hainault scored in the second half and the Houston Dynamo reached the quarterfinals of CONCACAF Champions League with a 1-1 tie Tuesday night against Honduran side CD Olimpia.
With the tie, Houston finished with a 2-0-2 record and eight points to win Group 3, while Olimpia finished second with a 1-1-2 record and five points to finish second in the three-team group. Houston will face an undetermined opponent in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals in March.
Hainault's header in the 65th minute from outside the left 6-yard box went inside the near post after Nathan Sturgis' corner kick.
Douglas Caetano put Olimpia in front 1-0 in the 21st minute, hitting a free kick from 25 yards out on the left side on a line inside the far post.
SANDY, Utah (AP) -- Real Salt Lake was eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night when it drew 0-0 with CS Herediano of Costa Rica.
Salt Lake dominated Herediano throughout the first half, holding the ball more than 60 percent of the time and taking seven shots on goal.
A series of brilliant saves by Leo Moreira - punctuated by his leaping grab of a long distance dart from Javier Morales in the closing minutes of the first half - kept RSL from breaking through offensively.
A potential goal from RSL defender Nat Borchers was also wiped out in the 16th minute. Borchers knocked in a header off a corner kick, only to have it waved off after a foul by teammate Chris Schuler.
Herediano stayed mostly on its heels during the first half, fending off the RSL attack. But the Costa Rican side nearly put RSL in a big hole with its lone shot on goal in the 25th minute. RSL keeper Nick Rimando was caught out of position and Luis Gil cleared Junior Alvarado's shot off the line to keep it scoreless.
Another mistake by Schuler nearly allowed Herediano to score in the 57th minute. Schuler had a bad giveaway at midfield. Yendrick Ruiz took advantage and fired a shot across the area. The ball glanced off the left post and took a lucky bounce away from the goalmouth.
The remainder of the second half became marred by theatrics from Herediano players. Flopping after contact grew bad enough that Moreira earned a yellow card in the 89th minute for delaying the game.
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