The New York Red Bulls scored two goals in just nine minutes to take a 2-0 lead over Santos Laguna and even their Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal series.
doubled that, needing just nine minutes late in the second half to score four goals and win the series on aggregate, 6-2.
The Red Bulls got off to a fast start thanks to Homegrown Player
signing Omir Fernandez
's first pro goal after just four minutes. Danny Royer
, who set up Fernandez's goal, then evened the series five minutes later, taking passes from Florian Valot
and Bradley Wright-Phillips
But the Red Bulls started to tire in the second half, and Santos defender Jose Abella
scored after the Red Bulls failed to clear a
ball in the 72nd minute. Three more goals followed in rapid succession, the second of Brian Lozano
's two goals coming on a strike from the Santos half to wrap up the game in the 81st minute.
The series sweep gave Santos six victories in six meetings with MLS teams in the CCL knockout stage, four of them by four-goal margins. The closest call came in 2013 when Santos won at
Seattle, 1-0, but settled for a 1-1 tie with the Sounders at the Estadio Corona. March 12 in Torreon
Santos Laguna 4 NY Red Bulls 2.
Goals: Abella 72, Lozano 76, 81, Valdes 79; Fernandez 4, Royer 9. Santos Laguna --
Orozco; Rodriguez, Nervo, Angulo, Abella, Lozano (Arteaga
86), Valdes, Vazquez, Moreno (Quinones 69), Correa, Furch (Rivas 85). NY Red Bulls --
Robles; Long, Murillo, Parker, Lade, Davis, Fernandez (Etienne 65), Kaku (Ivan 82), Valot (Jorgensen,
65), Royer, Wright-Phillips.
Tigres also completed a sweep, beating the Houston Dynamo, 1-0, to move into the semifinals, 3-0, on aggregate.
Former Real Salt Lake defender Carlos Salcedo
scored the game's only goal midway through the second half.
The game drew 41,615 fans at the Estadio Universitario, Tigres' largest
home crowd ever for a CCL match and the ninth largest attendance in the competition's history. March 12 in Monterrey
Tigres 1 Houston Dynamo 0.
Goal: Salcedo 68. Tigres --
Guzman; Ayala, Pizarro, Salcedo, Rodriguez, J.Quinones; De Souza (Torres 86), L.Quinones (Aquino 62),
Duenas; Vargas (Zelarayan 83), Valencia. Houston Dynamo --
Willis; DeLaGarza, DaMarcus (Lundqvist 19), Struna, Figueroa (K.Garcia 75); Vera, B.Garcia (Martinez 72), McNamara; Quioto,