Sounders 2 – 1 Chivas
The Seattle Sounders found themselves back in the win column after Saturday afternoons match with Chivas USA.
It wasn’t anything like the beat down they gave the Goats a few weeks ago, but the 3 points went to the Sounders in a much needed win.
Crunch time is upon us. There is no way the Sounders will be able to overtake the league leading San Jose Earthquakes, but there is plenty of truth in us being able to lock down the number two spot in the west.
3 points were exactly what was needed today, especially after the draw last weekend, to stay in the race for second.
As the table stands on Saturday night, the Sounders are a point clear of Real Salt Lake, and 6 points behind San Jose.
It could happen folks, but the Quakes would have to go on a very sloppy run for the remainder of the season for the Sounders to overtake them.
6 points is only two wins, but with the way the Quakes have played this year, I just don’t see them losing ground after leading the leagues thus far.
Coincidentally, with the Sounders win, San Jose clinched it’s spot in the playoffs.
Eddie Johnson was giving the start after being kept out of the starting 11 last week, and Brad Evans took over for Mauro Rosales on the right side, as Sigi Schmid gave Steve Zakuani his second straight start for the Rave Green.
Sounders went down very early in this game, but for once, they were able to overcome the lead, and win the game.
If not for the 9 game winless streak earlier in the year, it could be the Sounders sitting atop the table looking back at the rest of the league.
Ability to fight back
If there’s one thing that the Seattle Sounders have not been able to accomplish this year, it has been the ability to come back from an early deficit and win a match.
That all came to an end on Saturday, as the Sounders won the game 2-1 despite giving up a poor goal in the 8th minute.
Winners find ways to win, as the old saying goes, and maybe this team is finally gelling at the right exact time. A loss today would have been devastating for the playoff seeding race.
Man, this guy has gotten some good looks inside the box this year.
His head is becoming legendary in the Emerald City, and I wouldn’t be surprised if his name isn’t called soon for World Cup Qualifying with the US Men’s National Team.
To even the score, Christian Tiffert sent a nice ball in from a set piece, Eddie Johnson somehow eluded his mark and was able to rise above the rest of the players to deliver the ball into the back of the net.
The scrum inside the box resembled a throw in play in rugby, as it looked like someone actually lifted EJ up to get the ball.
EJ added the game winner just before stoppage time on yet another header, this time by Freddy Montero.
The Sounders took advantage of a weak Chivas team, and displayed their dangerous speed, and long outlet passes.
Several attempts just nearly missed, but none closer than the one by Brad Evans.
All alone inside the box, Johnson fed him the ball perfectly, all Evans had to do was corral it into the net, but just hit it wide, and the ball carened off the post and away to safety.
Missed hand ball
Freddy Montero took a free kick just outside the 18 yard box. Drilled it actually, right into what should have been the Chivas defending wall.
But one of the defenders got an early jump on the ball, stepped in front of the wall, and knocked the ball down with his arm.
Clearly this was a blatant hand ball. This should have been a penalty, and the Sounders should’ve added another goal to the score sheet.
But I can’t be mad about the win, if we had not gotten the winner, this would be a different story all together.
Next up for the Sounders is a nationally televised affair with Portland. Game time is 12:30, and can be seen on NBC.
Until then, scarves up, and we will see you at the next Cascadia match.