- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 19, 2009

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras | Marathon of Honduras defeated MLS club D.C. United 3-1 on Tuesday in the opening game in Group B of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Walter Martinez gave the Honduran league champions a 1-0 led in the 23rd minute. Luciano Emilio leveled for United in the 48th, but late goals by Jerry Palacios in the 82nd and Mario Berrios in the 87th gave Marathon the victory.

Emilio, who is Brazilian, is well known in Honduran soccer, having played for Honduran clubs Real Espana and Olimpia.

Salvador referee Elmer Bonilla gave yellow cards to Mario Beata of Marathon and DC United’s Devon McTavish.

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