Gunfire crackled during the game, with players and refereesrunning for cover.Outside Santos Laguna’s soccer stadium, gunmen had opened fireon a police patrol. No one was killed this time. This was just thedaily fallout from the drug cartel violence that engulfs this cityin northern Mexico.That was eight months ago.Fast forward to next week, when the same stadium will be themain stage for a big moment in Mexican sports. Santos Laguna willtry to win the CONCACAF Champions League against Mexico rivalMonterrey. The winner of the two-leg finals advances to Tokyo forthe Club World Cup, which was won last year by Spanish giantBarcelona.”It’d be really nice to give these people something to be proudof, for Torreon to be put on the global scale for something otherthan negativity or violence,” said Herculez Gomez, the Americanstriker and the team’s top scorer. ”They live, they eat, theybreath this team out here.”Gomez grew up in Las Vegas and played in the last World Cup forthe United States. He transferred to the first-division team inDecember from the Mexican club Estudiantes Tecos.”I was definitely worried coming in,” he said. ”You fear whatyou don’t know. I’d heard great things about the club, that theywere a top-notch club, very professional; very… Read full this story
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