Santos Laguna, Revolution reach semifinals of SuperLiga
Agustin Herrera and Matias Vuoso scored 13 minutes apart in the second half to send Santos Laguna to the SuperLiga semifinals with a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Wizards on Sunday at Kansas City, Kan.
Juan Pablo Rodriguez added a stoppage-time goal for Santos, which won for the first time in six SuperLiga matches and finished second in Group B. The Guerreros will face Group A champion Tigres UANL -- another Mexican first-division side -- in the semifinals, with the first leg scheduled for July 15.
Santos, making its second straight appearance in the SuperLiga, needed a win to advance after Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution beat Mexican side Atlas, 1-0, earlier Sunday.
In the 61st minute, Herrera took a through ball from Walter Jimenez and fired a low shot to keeper Kevin Hartman’s left from 13 yards. Vuoso’s looping header in the 74th minute, off a long cross from Osmar Mares, made it 2-0.
Claudio Lopez scored on a free kick in the 80th minute for Kansas City, cutting the margin to 2-1, but the Wizards failed to capitalize on several late scoring opportunities before Rodriguez put away the match with his goal.
The Revolution defeated Atlas at Foxborough, Mass., on a goal by Kenny Mansally in the 32nd minute. The Mexican side finished the group stage of the second-tier tournament for North American club teams without scoring a goal.
The side from Guadalajara was 0-1-2. The Revolution is 2-0-1 and will play the Chicago Fire in the semifinals.
Despite a huge edge in shots, Mexico didn’t score a goal and ended its friendly with Guatemala at San Diego in a scoreless tie.
Mexico, fielding a young and inexperienced team, played a lackluster first half before coming out strong in the final 45 minutes.
El Tri is 17-1-6 against its neighbor to the southeast.