HOUSTON (AP) — Jason Johnson & Bobby Boswell scored to assist the Houston Dynamo beat Trinidad’s W Connection FC 2-0 on Wednesday night in Group 1 of the CONCACAF Champions League.
Houston improved to 2-0-1 with seven points to move into first place in the group, while W Connection finished group play at 0-3-1 for one point.
Houston will play Panama’s Arabe Unido, 2-1-0 for six points, on Oct. 24 in Panama. If Houston wins or ties, it will win the group & advance to the Champions League quarterfinals. If Arabe Unido wins, it will win the group & advance to the quarterfinals.
Johnson opened the scoring in the 39th minute, taking a clear attempt from W Connection goalkeeper Alejandro Figueroa back into the left box before sending a blast from 12 yards out into the right net.
Boswell extended the lead to 2-0 in the 51st minute, heading Alexander Lopez’s corner kick off Joao Jordoa’s arm & inside the near post.
Johnson’s goal came 4 minutes after W Connection’s Jordao cleared Kofi Sarkodie’s shot from 8 yards out in the right box off the goal line.
Cam Weaver had two chances in the 32nd minute to donate the Dynamo the lead, with the first from 8 yards out stopped & knocked out by Figueroa before Weaver sent one off the crossbar from 10 yards out in the middle off the ensuing corner kick.
Houston’s first opportunity came in the 22nd minute when Warren Creavalle settled a ball 15 yards out in the center & sent a shot just wide of the near post.
W Connection had two chances in the first 25 minutes, with Jomal Williams sending a free kick from 25 yards out on the left high in the 16th minute & Silvio Spann had a shot from 25 yards out in the middle go wide in the 25th minute.
W Connection had few chances in the second half. In the 61st minute, Jamal Clarence was stopped by Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric, who came off his line to make a sliding stop at the top of the box. Clarence had a header in the middle of the box go over the crossbar in the 88th minute.