Keane scores to help Galaxy into semifinals

Robbie Keane scored late to help Los Angeles Galaxy qualify for

the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals for the first time with a

4-1 win over Herediano on Wednesday.

Santos Laguna capitalized on an early own goal by the Houston

Dynamo in a 3-0 victory at Mexico City to reach the semifinals for

the second straight year.

At Carson, Omar Gonzalez headed in from a corner in the 18th

minute and Jose Villarreal held off two defenders before curling in

a shot from 22 yards to give the Galaxy a 2-0 lead in the 69th.

Keane made it 3-0 in the 83rd and Jack McBean scored in stoppage

time as the Galaxy secured a 4-1 aggregate victory over the Costa

Rican club.

”I think once we had that second goal, we killed them off. …

I don’t think (Herediano) were brilliant, to be honest,” said

Keane, the Galaxy captain. ”And they didn’t look like they were

going to score. It was quite a comfortable performance.”

Elias Aguilar scored in the 85th minute, Herediano’s only goal

in the home-and-away series after a 0-0 draw last week at Heredia,

Costa Rica.

”We have potential to be good,” Herediano technical director

Marvin Solano said. ”But we’re not up to the tactical quality of

the L.A. Galaxy for a tournament of this size.”

Los Angeles will play Mexico’s Monterrey, the two-time defending

champion, in early April. The Seattle Sounders face Mexico’s Santos

Laguna in the other semifinal.

Santos lost the first match 1-0 at Houston but got in front

early at home after Tally Hall’s own goal in the 23rd minute and a

goal from Herculez Gomez five minutes later.

Marc Crosas finished the scoring in the 76th minute as the

Dynamo lost for the fourth time in five visits to Mexico.