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Herculez Gomez scores to lead Santos Laguna past Sounders 1-0 in first leg of CONCACAF semis

  • Santos Laguna's Carlos Darwin Quintero (3) squares off against Seattle Sounders' Osvaldo Alonso (6), and Djimi Traore (19) in the first half of a CONCACAF semifinal soccer match, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)The Associated Press

  • Santos Laguna's Osmar Mares, right, gets a shot off past the defense of Seattle Sounders' DeAndre Yedlin, left, in the first half of a CONCACAF semifinal soccer match, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)The Associated Press

  • Santos Laguna's Marc Crosas, right, battles with Seattle Sounders' Shalrie Joseph, left, for the ball in the first half of a CONCACAF semifinal soccer match, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)The Associated Press

  • Santos Laguna's Oribe Peralta, left, watches as his shot is deflected by Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann in the first half of a CONCACAF semifinal soccer match, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)The Associated Press

Herculez Gomez scored off of a rebound in the 54th minute, lifting Santos Laguna past the Seattle Sounders 1-0 in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals on Tuesday night.

Santos Laguna, which reached the finals last year before losing to Mexican rival Monterrey, will host the second leg next Tuesday.

In the moments leading up to the goal, Santos Laguna denied the Sounders a scoring opportunity when goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez made a diving save of a shot from the top of the arc by Osvaldo Alonso.

Carlos Quintero quickly started a counterattack, taking the ball down to the top of the restraining arc at Seattle's penalty area. He sent a shot that Sounders goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann blocked. However, the rebound went out toward the left side of the box, where Gomez ran onto it and parked his shot into the upper right corner of the Seattle net.