Sounders 6 – 2 Chivas
Goals aplenty on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center.
That is now 10 goals for the Sounders against the two LA squads in the past month. Hard to complain about that sort of output isn’t it?
If not for the curly headed freak scoring the stoppage time winner in San Jose two weeks ago, the Sounders would have had an almost flawless August.
But now it’s back to reality, and back to the crunch time for the boys. A mid-week CCL match, then it’s off to Dallas to face a lot better FC Dallas team then we did early in the season.
With only nine league matches left, the Sounders are going to need to step it up defensively to secure three points in each of them.
Tonight’s three points didn’t cheap. The Goats showed a major weakness in the back four of the Sounders, and I’m sure that FC Dallas will be watching and analysing each attempt on goal by Chivas.
Hat trick hero
If there ever was a time for Freddy Montero to step up and contribute 3 goals, tonight was the night.
If there wasn’t a feud before, there will be one now.
Hopefully this will help the team and not hurt it. You could see the frustration on Eddie Johnson’s face as he congratulated Montero after his first goal.
Johnson does not like being upstaged, and it shows in his play.
With Sigi Schmid going back to the more formal 4-4-2 lineup, and putting Mauro Rosales back out left and Christian Tiffert in the center mid role, this opened up an opportunity to try Brad Evans in the wide right position.
Not really a position he’s used to, he played wonderfully anyways.
Well timed runs throughout the match, including one in the 10th minute that Freddy Montero was able to reach him on a through ball, and Evans was able to put it past the keeper to open up the scoring.
The goal was Evans’ 2nd on the year.
This move was possibly linked to giving Alex Caskey a breather with the mid-week CCL clash coming up.
The defense was shaky at best tonight, and downright sloppy at worst.
Possibly the worst showing defensively this season.
The Sounders are lucky that they were playing the lowest scoring team in the league, or this very easily could’ve been a 6-6 affair.
No habla ingles
I understand that Chivas USA is a subsidiary of CD Chivas de Guadalajara in Mexico’s Primera Division, and the team targets the large Latin community in the greater Los Angeles area, but to have not only the advertising, but the PA announcer in Spanish is going a bit far isn’t it?
This is the same stadium the the LA Galaxy play in, and their advertising and PA announcer are in English.
I don’t know why, but this bothered me a lot more than the sloppy defense tonight.
I love Spanish and Latino culture, especially in the South Western United States. It is a proud culture that loves its football and has a very large family first way of life. What’s not to love right?
But this is the second time I have seen this in LA, and I don’t know if it’s to taunt the northern boys in green, or if they just think it’s the right thing to do.
Whatever it is, I do not like it.
Now without sounding more like a racist buffoon I will try to end this on a high note.
Sounders shot through to second place in the west with the victory Saturday night. And with only Western Conference teams left on the schedule, our future is in our own hands.
Next up for the Sounders is FC Dallas on Sunday September 3rd. Game time is 4:00 and can be seen on KONG.
Match highlights courtesy of mlssoccer.com