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MLS kicked off its 17th season Saturday, but a more important game for Sounders FC fans took place. Mexico’s Santos Laguna, Seattle’s CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal opponent, beat Puebla 3-1 in Primera Division action behind two goals from a familiar name, Herculez Gomez. From what I gathered, Santos started 10 of its 11 starters from Wednesday’s home leg at CenturyLink Field. Might fatigue set in for the second leg?
I’ve posted the highlights above.
The U.S. international and former A-League Sounder had a fabulous equalizer after fellow American DaMarcus Beasley scored the opener for Puebla. Gomez then sealed the win late with his fifth goal in four games.
And did you notice Santos Laguna has its response to the #beatsantos hashtag?
Here are some highlights of the MLS action Saturday:
— Former Sounders were all over the pitch in Vancouver’s 2-0 home win against expansion Montreal. Sanna Nyassi, Tyson Wahl and former USL Sounder Josh Gardner all started for the Impact, with Mike Fucito and Miguel Montano coming off the bench. Lamar Neagle didn’t make the trip and word is he’s dealing with a back issue. Sebastien Le Toux started for the Whitecaps and had the opening goal.
— Colorado got a goal from Drew Moor and then a beautiful strike from Quincy Amarikwa to beat Columbus 2-0 at home.
— Sporting Kansas City stuck late at D.C. United, earning a 1-0 road win on a stoppage time header by CJ Sapong.
— Chris Wondolowski is off to a great start again, netting the lone goal for San Jose in a 1-0 home win against the New England Revolution.
— The Los Angeles Galaxy struck first on a second-half goal by Edson Buddle (off a cross by David Beckham), but Real Salt Lake followed that up with three goals to earn a 3-1 win at The Home Depot Center. Javier Morales and Fabian Espindola scored, while a dangerous cross by rookie Sebastian Velasquez set up an own goal. Afterward, LA coach Bruce Arena lamented playing his starters a couple days after their CCL game, claiming they were tired.