Gomez leads Santos Laguna past Sounders, 6-1

U.S. national team player Herculez Gomez scored twice to help

Mexico’s Santos Laguna rout the Seattle Sounders 6-1 on Wednesday

night in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

The Sounders won the first leg of the series 2-1 in Seattle, but

four second-half goals from Santos Laguna, including Gomez’s two,

gave the Mexican team a 7-3 aggregate victory in the total-goals

series.

Santos Laguna will play Toronto FC in the semifinals. Toronto

beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 on Wednesday night in California

for a 4-3 aggregate win.

Gomez has seven goals this season, three in Champions League

play.

Santos Laguna took an early 2-0 lead. Ecuador’s Christian Suarez

dribbling past two defenders and scored with a right-footer from

outside the area in the eighth minute, and Mexican international

Oribe Peralta turned a defender and scored 2 minutes later.

Uruguay’s Alvaro Fernandez scored off a header in the 37th to level

it at 3-3 on aggregate.

Gomez got his first goal 4 minutes into the second off,

finishing off a pass from Daniel Luduena pass, and increased the

lead in the 68th by beating a defender to a tap in.

The U.S. international was injured while scoring the goal and

left the game.

Suarez added his second in the 77th, and Carlos Ochoa wrapping

up the scoring.

No MLS team has defeated a Mexican team over two legs since the

continental competition changed its format in 2008.