Monday, July 9, 2012
Leon conquers champs in HDC friendly
By Scott French
Sebastian Maz scored two goals, one of them quite controversial, to lead Leon over Mexican Primera Division champion Santos Laguna in a friendly Sunday in front of about 14,000 at Home Depot Center, a prep for the start of the Mexican season later this month.
Maz tallied in the 60th and 70th minutes for Leon, which returns to Mexico's top flight after a decade following its triumph in the second-tier Liga de Ascenso promotion final nearly two months ago.
Maz was alone at the top of the 6-yard box to head home a cross for the first goal, but the second, off a corner kick, never should have counted.
The Uruguayan forward, again atop the 6, clearly punched the ball into the net with his fist, but Santos's entreaties to the referee failed to sway.
Santos, from Torreon, started close to a first-choice lineup, including L.A.-born former Galaxy forward Herculez Gomez, and dominated the first 30 minutes without reward.
Both clubs open the Primera Division season July 21, with Santos home against San Luis and Leon visiting Gallos Blancos.