Toronto FC advances to Champions League semifinals

Nick Soolsma scored in the 67th minute as Toronto FC beat the

Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 on Wednesday to advance to the CONCACAF

Champions League semifinals.

Ryan Johnson scored from a header and set up Soolsma’s goal as

Toronto overcame an own goal to escape with a 4-3 aggregate

victory. The teams drew 2-2 last week in Toronto.

Toronto will face Mexico’s Santos Laguna in the semifinals.

Santos Laguna routed the Seattle Sounders 6-1 earlier Wednesday in

Torreon, Mexico, for a 7-3 aggregate victory.

The Galaxy, needing a win or low-scoring draw to advance, looked

to be in position to do so when Toronto defender Ty Harden went

sliding in the box and pushed the ball into the back of his own net

to level the score at 1 in the 55th.

Soolsma put Toronto ahead, finishing a first-time cross from

Johnson with his left foot.