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Santos Laguna, Revolution reach semifinals of SuperLiga

Associated Press

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.

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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.

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Mexico draws

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.

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