Martin Bravo scored a brace and added an assist as Santos Laguna trampled the Los Angeles Galaxy defense en route to a 4-0 win in the CONCACAF Champions League.
Ulises Davila and Djaniny also scored in the rout, as MLS fell to 0-2 in the quarterfinals against Liga MX competition this season. Real Salt Lake and Seattle will play their second legs on Wednesday.
After a 0-0 draw in California last week, one in which L.A. was the better team, few were expecting this drubbing at the Estadio Corona.
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Dan Kennedy made a quick save in the game’s first minute, and AJ De La Garza was able to head the rebound just wide. The tone, however, was set.
Kennedy was the busier of the keepers in the first 20 minutes, though L.A. had a chance when Robbie Keane belted a low shot just wide of the goal from about 20 yards out.
That’s when Santos Laguna struck, as Bravo was in the right place at the right time to belt a loose ball past Kennedy and make it 1-0 in the 20th minute. Gyasi Zardes lost his mark and De La Garza was caught napping as Bravo snuck behind him.
The Galaxy saw its deficit doubled barely two minutes later. Davila ran onto a laid-off ball before Steven Gerrard could respond, and hit a ball off the far post and into Kennedy’s goal. 2-0 just like that.
Dos Santos nearly halved it right back to one with a laser in the 24th minute, but Augustin Marchesin tipped it over the bar. Dos Santos was booed for much of the evening in his native Mexico.
Then a bad corner given away led to a lost 1v1 duel between Djaniny and Robbie Rogers, as the Cape Verde attacked header past Kennedy.
Bravo added a second-half goal to round out the scoring.