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 in Seattle, but four second-half goals from Santos Laguna, including Gomez's two, gave the Mexican team a 7-3 overall victory.
Santos Laguna will play the Los Angeles Galaxy-Toronto FC winner in the semifinals.
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 68t...