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

in 2008.