METAPAN, El Salvador - Edwin Sanchez and Allan Dos Santos scored second-half goals and Isidro Metapan beat the Puerto Rico Islanders 2-0 on Wednesday in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round series.
It was only the second win in 11 Champions League games for Metapan, which was eliminated in the Preliminary Round last year and in the inaugural season in 2008.
Puerto Rico will return home to Bayamon next Wednesday, seeing to earn a fourth straight trip to the Group Stage.
Sanchez gave Metapan the lead in the 65th, converting after his initial shot created a goal mouth scramble in the middle of the penalty area and Dos Santos was able to poke it free while sitting on the ground. Sanchez chased the ball into the penalty arc, spun and hit a low, right-footed shot that eluded diving Islanders goalkeeper Ray Burse.
Dos Santos scored one of his own after Sanchez served in a cross that deflected off the head of Osei Telesford and looped to the back post, where the Brazilian dived to nod it past Burse.
Metapan had the better of chances, particularly duing a 20-minute period midway through the first half, that was highlighted by Alfredo Pacheco's 40-meter free kick that curled off the far post in the 23rd.
Burse also had to made an athletic reaction save to deny Cristhian Bautista in the 20th minute, coming off his line after Dos Santos had sent him in on goal virtually unmarked in the 21st.
Puerto Rico - starting a period where it will play six matches in 18 days -- created relatively few opportunities.
It's best moments came infrequently with shots blocked in front before they reached Metapan keeper Migues Montes.
The match was the first competitive game for Metapan since losing second leg of the Salvadoran Clausura final to FAS in May. It begins the Apertura season on Sunday at home against fellow Champions League qualifier Alianza.
Metapan's only other win in Champions League play came two years ago, 3-2 at home against the Houston Dynamo in the Group Stage.
It had lost seven of its 10 previous Champions League games.