H Gomez leads Santos Laguna over Seattle 6-1
Two goals from U.S. international Herculez Gomez helped Mexican
side Santos Laguna to a 6-1 thrashing of the Seattle Sounders on
Wednesday and a semifinals berth in the CONCACAF Champions
The Sounders won the first leg of the quarterfinal 2-1 in
Seattle, but four second half goals from Santos Laguna, including
Gomez’s double, meant the tie finished 7-3 on aggregate.
Santos Laguna is set to play the winner of Wednesday*s late game
between Major League Soccer teams Los Angeles Galaxy and Toronto FC
in the semifinal, with the first leg set to take place on March
Santos Laguna went two goals up inside the first ten minutes,
with Ecuadorian Christian Suarez dribbling past two defenders and
scoring with a right-footer from outside the area in the 8th
Mexico international Oribe Peralta turned a defender and slotted
in two minutes later, but a header from Uruguayan Alvaro Fernandez
in the 37th brought the match level at 3-3 on aggregate.
Gomez got his first goal four minutes after halftime, finishing
from a Daniel Luduena pass, and increased Santos Laguna*s lead in
the 68th by beating the defender to tap in.
The U.S. international was injured while scoring the goal and
substituted straight after.
Suarez added his second in the 77th, with Carlos Ochoa wrapping
up the scoring for Santos Laguna.
The Sounders’ loss means no MLS team has defeated a Mexican team
over two legs since the continental competition changed its format