Mexican champs coming to HDC
June, 13, 2012
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Armando Marin/Jam Media/Latin Content/Getty ImagesHerculez Gomez and Santos Laguna of Mexico will play a friendly at the Home Depot Center next month.
A battle of Mexican champions is slated for Home Depot Center next month.
Santos Laguna, which last month won the Primera Division's Clausura title, will face Leon, which won the Liga de Ascenso's promotion final, in a friendly July 8 in Carson.
The game is being staged by the L.A. Blues, and tickets go on sale Thursday at 714-738-8011.
Santos was the first No. 1 seed to win a Mexican Primera Division title, beating Monterrey, 3-2, on aggregate to claim the season's second-half championship. The Guerreros, from Torreon, had fallen in three of the previous four Primera finals and lost to Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions League title series in April.
Leon captured the Clausura title in the second-tier Liga de Ascenso, then beat Apertura winner Correcaminos to win promotion to the Primera Division. The Esmeraldas have since signed Mexican national-team veteran Jonny Magallon.
Santos features U.S. national-teamer Herculez Gomez, who was born in Los Angeles and first emerged as a striker with the Galaxy.