Thanks to a Beasley Bullet the Houston Dynamo walked away from their first CCL game against Guastatoya with a victory. The first match of the home-and-away series was a close one for most of the game, held at Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores in Guatemala, passed with neither side being able to find the back of the net. Luckily, the one and only DaMarcus Beasley found the net for the Dynamo giving them a big edge heading into the second game.
The Dynamo found their first chance just five minutes into the game thanks to a dangerous run from Romell Quioto, but the well defended attempt went out for a corner. Later in the 30th minute of the game Quioto again had a chance in front of goal but his attempt went wide of the net. Juan David Cabezas looked like he would break the deadlock soon after but his volley but Jose Calderon made the save.
Guastatoya also had their chances in the first half. Primarily off a counter attack in the 17th minute of the game. They put in a dangerous cross but the header was over goal. In the second half the home team did much better gaining in possession and quality chances.
With stoppage time approaching it was defender Beasley whose goal was the first (and only) goal of the game. After Calderon made a save on a shot from Quioto the ball went out for a Dynamo corner kick. Quioto took the corner kick, sending the ball into the box, but it was cleared. Beasley got to the ball took a perfect low strike past Calderon to give Houston a 1-0 lead and win.
Now the two teams head to BBVA Compass Stadium for their second game. Last week’s win and away goal give them an edge. Both teams have a clean injury report, but Houston did see Cabezas leave the first game early with an injury. Outside of the JDC injury we will likely see the same starting lineup as before from the Dynamo. Guastatoya played with a five man backline in the first leg which did a good job of slowing down the Dynamo attack.
The game kicks off in Houston at 7 pm CT on Tuesday, February 26. For those of you who won’t be in the stands at BBVA Univision Deportes will be showing the game on TV or the game will be available to stream on YahooSports.com.