SEATTLE (AP) -- Brad Evans headed in a free kick early in the 63rd minute, and the Seattle Sounders edged Santos Laguna of Mexico 2-1 in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series on Wednesday night.
David Estrada scored for Seattle midway through the 12th minute, and Herculez Gomez got the equalizer for Santos Laguna early in the 61st -- only to have Evans answer less than two minutes later.
Midfielder Mauro Rosales set up Evans' game-winner with a free kick from the left side, 25 yards up from the goal line. Rosales floated it into the penalty area, and Evans went up 8 yards in front of the net, flicking it off the right side of his head into the back left corner, just beyond the reach of goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez.
Estrada gave Seattle the early lead with his first career goal. Fredy Montero lofted a target ball into the box from the left side, and Estrada ran in from the opposite side, heading it just inside the right post from the top of Sanchez' 6-yard box.
Gomez tied it for Santos Laguna when he took a short ball from Marc Crosas and beat Sounders goalkeeper Michael Gspurning to the back right corner.
The second leg of the aggregate-goals series is March 14 in Torreon, Mexico.