CCL: How would Santos Laguna fare if they played in Major League Soccer?
Seattle Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid has no doubts.
Santos Laguna, the Sounders' adversary in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals, would be vying for MLS Cup if they played stateside.
"Obviously if Santos is in our league, I think they're battling for the title," Schmid said in his postgame press conference after last week's 1-0 loss to Herculez Gomez & Co. at CenturyLink Field.
In addition to making the final of the last edition of the CCL, Santos Laguna have captured two Mexican league titles in the last three years and advanced to three other finals during that span (they play split seasons in Mexico with an Apertura and Clausura tournament each calendar year).
Seattle will hope to put a wrench in Santos Laguna's successful stretch of recent seasons and mount their second straight comeback against a Mexican side on Tuesday night (the Sounders ousted Mexico's top club, Tigres UANL, in the CCL quarterfinal round). Schmid's squad will have to do it at Santos' Estadio Corona (8 pm ET, Fox Soccer, live chat on MLSsoccer.com), where they lost 6-1 in last year's CCL knockout rounds.
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