D.C. United had its opportunities to come away from Mexico with a win, but eventually fell to its Mexican opponent.
Querétaro defeated the MLS club, 2-0, in the first leg of their quarterfinals series in the CONCACAF Champions League. D.C. United showed some signs of rust playing in its first competitive game since Nov. 8, but also displayed some quality soccer.
D.C. United’s defenders were the ones that came the closest to scoring at Estadio Corregidora. In the 60th minute, Taylor Kemp drilled a shot off the crossbar, while Steven Birnbaum nearly scored twice eight minutes later. Two point-blank saves from Querétaro goalkeeper Tiago Volpi kept the scoresheet blank for the time being.
Yerson Candelo’s 71st-minute goal proved to be the game-winner, and it was an incredible strike from distance. Edgar Benitez slotted home a second for Querétaro after some poor defending from D.C. United.
The Liga MX club will take a 2-0 advantage into the second leg, which will be played on March 1 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.
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