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Gomez Leads Santos Laguna Past Sounders, 6-1

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Players of the Seattle Sounders listen to a prep talk before a match against the Santos Laguna as part of the CONCACAF Champions League at Estadio Corona on March 14 (credit:Hans Maximo Musielik/GettyImages)

Players of the Seattle Sounders listen to a prep talk before a match against the Santos Laguna as part of the CONCACAF Champions League at Estadio Corona on March 14 (credit:Hans Maximo Musielik/GettyImages)

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TORREON, Mexico (AP) — 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 inSeattle, 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.Torontobeat the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 on Wednesday night inCaliforniafor 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.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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