MLS matchup report: Seattle Sounders vs. Chivas USA handicapping

Matchup: Chivas vs Sounders Insight

After a solid 5-match winning streak to vault them to atop the standings in the Western Conference the Seattle Sounders have been struggling recently with 2 losses and 1 draw in their last 3 matches.

Date: MAY 26, 2012 7:30PM PDT
Venue: The Home Depot Center
Match Odds: Chivas USA 3.00 / Seattle Sounders 2.37 / Draw 3.25
Moneyline: Chivas USA 2.00 / Seattle Sounders +138 / Draw +225
Over/Under: 2.5 goals

Their shortcomings were highlighted, especially on offense, in their last match, which they lost at home to Columbus 2-0.

Chivas USA is in 6th place in the West and they need to start winning if they are going to make the playoffs.

In their last 3 matches they have 2 draws and 1 win and while their offense has been struggling their defense has been solid only allowing 2 goals in their last 3 matches.

Seattle is the favorite in this match and they sit in 3rd place in the West 4 points behind San Jose and 3 points behind Real Salt Lake.

Seattle won the time of possession battle in their last match against Columbus (60% to 40%) and they had 16 more shots on goal, but still lost 2-0.

Chivas USA has scored the fewest goals in the Western Conference while the Sounders have given up the fewest goals in the MLS.

However, Seattle has given up 4 goals in their last 2 matches.

This match is the first one between these 2 teams and last season they played to a scoreless draw in Seattle. In the rematch the Sounders won 3-1 playing at the Home Depot Center.

Osvaldo Alonso

Seattle is the favorite in this match and sit in 3rd place in the West. Alonso will be missed though.

The Sounders are 3-0-3 in facing Chivas since the 2009 season.

Chivas is only 1-5-0 at home this season, but they do have some confidence coming into this match playing to a draw in their last match against the New York Red Bulls, who lead the Eastern Conference.

The Seattle defense will be facing a struggling Chivas offense, but they still have to worry about the duo of Juan Pablo Angel and Jose Erick Correa. Angel is 36, but if he is in form he is a dangerous striker. Correa has 2 goals this season and the Columbian has improved as the season has progressed.

Seattle’s offense will be facing a hot G in Dan Kennedy, who has 3 shutouts already this season with a goal against average of 1.08. Freddy Montero and Eddie Johnson had been playing well, but they were blanked in their last match.

These 2 are THE guys that will have to play well on offense.

Late suspension news in on Friday afternoon however.

Prediction: Yeah, Seattle is struggling, but they have a better club and I think that will show, as they will win a low scoring game this Saturday facing Chivas USA.


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