HOUSTON, Texas – They say that lightning can’t strike twice in the same place, but it did Tuesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Mauro Manotas, fresh off a contract extension, came off the bench and struck for two late goals to break a 1-1 deadlock and send the Houston Dynamo into the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Champions League.
The Dynamo won the match 2-1 and took a 3-1 aggregate goal victory over CD Guastatoya of Guatemala. The match was delayed more than two-and-a-half hours due to lightning, while heavy rain caused difficult playing conditions.
The Dynamo now fact Liga MX powerhouse UANL Tigres in the Concacaf Champions League tournament. The opening match of the Dynamo-Tigres series is March 5 at 9 p.m. at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Manotas, a 23-year-old Colombian striker, shattered the Dynamo single-season goal scoring record last year when he netted 25. He was rewarded with a new three-year contract announced late last week.
He struck in the 77th minute off a great cross from winger Alberth Elis and added insurance in the 85th minute on a deflected freekick to seal the 3-1 aggregate goal victory.
The Dynamo qualified for the Concacaf Champions League by winning the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Concacaf Champions League is an annual tournament comprised of the top clubs in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. The winner of the Concacaf Champions League qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup, a competition to crown a true World Champion, featuring the biggest and best clubs in the world.