• Friday Nov 16, 2012

    Santos heads to CCL quarters sans Galindo

    TORREON, Mexico - Santos Laguna, which qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals with the second-best record in the Group Stage, will head to the knockout round with a new manager.

    Benjamin Galindo has been dismissed by the club -- along with his staff -- after failing to qualify "Los Guerreros" for the Apertura playoffs six months after winning the Mexican League crown and guiding them to the Champions League finals. No replacement was announced.

    The club announced the dismissal via its Twitter account late Thursday, four days after the club beat Atlante 3-2 in its league finale. Despite the victory, Santos finished in ninth place behind Monterrey and Guadalajara on goal difference and missed "La Liguilla" for only the second time in the past seven seasons.

    The 52-year-old Galindo, a member of Mexico's 1994 World Cup side, had been in charge of Santos for a year-and-a-half, earning the club its first Mexican crown in four years and finishing with a record of 28-14-18.

    He also led the club to the best record in the Group Stage of last season's Champions League en route to the finals, where it lost 3-2 on aggregate to Monterrey. Santos won nine, drew and lost three last season in the Champions League.

    This was Galindo's second stint as manager of Santos - a club he played for from 1994-1997, having coached the club in 2006. He also has been manager of Chivas de Guadalajara, Cruz Azul and Atlas.

    Santos is set to play Houston in the quarterfinals when the Champions League resumes in March.

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