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CONCACAF Roundup: Salt Lake the pride of MLS

SANDY, Utah — Paulo Araujo Jr. scored two goals and Collen Warner added another as Real Salt Lake beat Cruz Azul of Mexico in their final group stage match in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night.

The victory gave defending Major League Soccer champion Real Salt Lake the top spot in their group with 13 points. Cruz also advanced to the quarterfinals after finishing second in the group with 10 points.

Cesar Villaluz curled a shot into the top far corner of the goal from just outside the box in the 71st minute for Cruz Azul's only goal. By then, Real Salt Lake had built a 3-0 lead.

Araujo started the scoring in the 43rd minute and added another in the 67th, latching onto a perfect cross from Robbie Findley into the middle of the area.

Toronto edges Arabe Unido 1-0

TORONTO — Nana Attakora's first-half goal lifted Toronto to a 1-0 victory over Panama club Arabe Unido in a Group A game Tuesday in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Toronto and Arabe Unido had already been eliminated from finals contention in the regional club tournament. Mexico club Cruz Azul and Real Salt Lake have already clinched the two berths from the group.

Toronto finished with eight points from six games and Arabe Unido had five.

Martinez' late goal lifts Saprissa past Sounders

SEATTLE — Josue Martinez scored in the 87th minute to give Saprissa of Costa Rica a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Tuesday and a spot in the knockout phase of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Jairo Arrieta had earlier scored an equalizer in the 25th minute for Saprissa, which clinched second place in Group C with 10 points.

Saprissa will join group champion Monterrey in the quarterfinals, which begin in February 2011.

Seattle finished with one win and five losses in its first CCL appearance.

Santos reaches quarterfinals with 6-1 win

MEXICO CITY — Mexican club Santos guaranteed itself a quarterfinals spot in the CONCACAF Champions League, defeating Municipal of Guatemala 6-1 on Tuesday in the last group game for both clubs.

Daniel Luduena and Oribe Peralta each scored two goals for the Mexico club.

Santos finished atop Group B with 13 points from six games. Municipal finished with eight points and was eliminated. The lopsided victory means U.S. team Columbus Crew will claim second place and a spot in the quarterfinals. Crew has nine points and plays Thursday against last-place Joe Public of Trinidad.

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