Wednesday, April 10, 2013
MEXICO CITY — Santos Laguna advanced to the final of the CONCACAF Champions League for a second straight year after drawing 1-1 against the Seattle Sounders on Tuesday night.
Colombian Carlos Darwin Quintero scored on a free kick after 20 minutes, but Lamar Neagle tied it in the 72nd for the MLS team. Neagle’s goal added a touch of drama to the final minutes, but the Mexicans were able to endure for a 3-2 aggregate edge in the home-and-home series. Seattle lost 2-1 at home in the first leg.
Last year, Santos lost in the final to Mexican rival Monterrey, which faces the LA Galaxy of MLS tonight. Seattle lost a chance to qualify to the CONCACAF final for the first time.
After the first goal, Santos had several opportunities to widen the gap. In the 28th minute, Oribe Peralta sent a shot high, and in the 44th he hit the goal post.
In the second half, Seattle had a good chance early on with a shot by Cuban Osvaldo Alonso, but Oswaldo Sanchez made a great save.
Neagle’s shot that tied the game came from 5 yards. The Sounders closed the game strongly and had two headers in the area that could’ve meant a victory and a place in the final.
In the 88th minute, Djimi Traore’s shot was saved by Sanchez and Neagle had one more chance in the 90th minute, but shot wide.