Sounders 1 – 1 Chivas
There were a couple things I mentioned in my love ’em & hate ’em installment after Wednesday nights game that kind of had some importance in tonight’s game.
For one, the Sounders were forced to play from behind once again, this time overcoming their pit falls, unlike last match against the Columbus Crew.
And secondly, remember how I said David Estrada hadn’t scored since the beginning of the year? Well tonight he came through big. Sending a cross home for the equalizer. He must’ve read my last article. I doubt it, but a boy can hope right?
Anyways, this draw brings the Sounders win-less streak now up to four games.
There is plenty of time for the Sounders to regroup before their next league match up in Montreal against the expansion Impact in three weeks.
Bounce back goal
Going down 1 early in the second half didn’t phase the Sounders, as they added a quick strike to even the score on a toe flick by David Estrada off of a cross from Alex Caskey.
After a first half full of chances, it was nice to see them tie the game up quickly, unlike on Wednesday night when they controlled much of the game despite losing 2-0.
Outplayed their opponents
Just like last game, the Sounders were the better team on the pitch. Plenty of chances to score, but they just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net when the time came.
Honestly, I can’t really remember a time this season when the Sounders didn’t look like the better team on the field. Besides a couple minutes here, or a half hour there, they have been dominant with their scoring chances and possession.
This is a funny game though. It only takes one shot to score, as we saw against the Crew. No matter how well you maintain possession, it means nothing if you can’t score.
The play of James Riley
I shouldn’t say I hate the play of James Riley. That would be a lie actually. I just hate to see a former player single handily keep us out of the win column.
His defense was superb, and he put an awesome cross in the box for the Juan Agudelo goal. Agudelo went up, knowing that there would be some contact with the keeper, and nailed it home perfectly.
Bryan Meredith was in the right spot for the ball, reading the cross carefully, but was just a second too late off his mark to come up with the ball.
As mentioned above, the Sounders had ample opportunities to win this game. A lot more than Chivas had.
The one that stands out the most to me though was when Mauro Rosales got the ball just to the right of the penalty spot, cocked his leg back, and missed wide.
That was truly the best scoring chance they had all night, even more so than the Estrada goal.
Late in the game Andy Rose had a bullet that had the back of the net written all over it, but was knocked around inside the box before it was finally cleared away.
At least we came away with a point. This is a very hard game to play when trailing, and the resiliency of this team and its never quit attitude is keeping us near the top of the table during this cold streak.
Next up is the first U.S. Open Cup match of the year for the Sounders. Game is at Starfire in Tukwilla against the Atlanta Silverbacks on Wednesday night. Kick off is scheduled for 7:00.
Next MLS match is not until June 16th in Montreal.
Game Highlights via mlssoccer.com.
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