MLS: Sounders 3 vs Chivas USA 1
Even though the match did not mean much since Seattle already wrapped up 2nd place in the Western Conference, they head into the post-season with a head of steam after the solid win.
The Sounders finished the season with 63 points going 18-7-9, which is their best record in 3 seasons in the MLS. This season they finished with the 2nd best record in the MLS behind the L.A. Galaxy.
Here are 5 reasons why the Sounders beat Chivas USA
1. 2nd half offense – After the match was deadlocked in a scoreless draw at 0-0 at halftime the Sounders’ offense came alive in the 2nd half. They were a little lucky with the first goal of the match, which was an own-goal in the 53rd minute. Alvaro Fernandez gave Seattle a 2-0 lead blasting a rocket past Chivas G Dan Kennedy for his 9th goal of the season in the 67th minute and Samuel Ochoa Oregel gave Seattle a 3-0 lead in the 73rd minute with a diving header.
2. Solid Defense – The Sounders played good defense in the match and did not give up a goal until the 82nd minute, but by that time Seattle already had a 3-0 lead.
3. Coming through when it matters– for the match the Sounders only had 7 shots and 3 good shots on goal connecting on 2 of them. The own goal really helped, but Seattle took advantage of their good scoring chances, which was key since they did not have many of them.
4. Keeping the starting lineup in tact – Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid kept his starting lineup in tact for this match even though it had no bearing on the playoff picture. The starters played well, especially on defense, and in the 2nd half their offense scored 2 goals.
5. Keller was solid yet again – Kasey Keller was not tested that much, but he kept Chivas USO off the scoreboard until the 82nd minute.
Next Up: Seattle will face Real Salt Lake in Salt Lake City in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals next Saturday on the 29th and then the 2nd leg will be played at Quest Field on Wednesday, November 2nd.