Goats drop match 2-1 to Seattle

Chivas USA had difficulty getting the offense going through most of the game against Sounders

October 15, 2010 vs. Seattle Sounders (DL)

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Steve Zakuani notched a goal and an assist as Seattle defeated Chivas USA
2-1 in their Qwest Field regular season finale. The Sounders next home
match will be the first leg of their playoff series on Sunday, October
31, against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

Osvaldo Alonso also scored for Seattle, while Jesus Padilla pulled one back in additional time for the visitors.

In the Sounders’ last home game of the regular season, 36,356 fans
came out to see the Rave Green put their offensive prowess on full
display. With the recent emergence of Sanna Nyassi as a goal-scoring threat on the right side, Seattle now have four legitimate scorers on the field.

GOALS
VS
SEATTLE   CHIVAS USA
2   1

Zakuani
9'
Alonso
25'
92'
Padilla
Comparison
  SEATTLE   CHIVAS USA  

SHO

11
 
14

SHO


SOG

3
 
4

SOG


SVS

3
 
1

SVS


F

13
 
5

F


OFF

4
 
2

OFF


CK

5
 
5

CK

One of those, Zakuani, provided the first goal. After Jeff Parke won
a challenge in midfield, he passed forward to Zakuani. The midfielder
turned toward goal, skipping through four players before rounding the
goalkeeper and tucking the ball home just nine minutes in. It was the
his 10th goal of the season, tying him for the team lead with Fredy Montero.

Alonso added Seattle's second in the 25th minute. The central
midfielder himself started the play by forcing a turnover in the middle
of the pitch. Alonso then laid the ball off to Montero, who passed to
an overlapping Zakuani. The winger then cut the ball back to Alonso,
who put the ball into the back of the net.

While Seattle had no trouble establishing their attack, the visitors had no such luck.

Already eliminated from playoff contention, Chivas USA had
difficulty getting the offense going. The best chances came down the
left through Jorge Flores. Chivas' No. 19, matched up against James Riley,
was in the middle of the Goats' best opportunities. Although Flores
sent some good crosses in during the first half, Chivas did not record
a shot on goal.

The Red-and-White regrouped during halftime. A spell of better
possession led to their first shot on goal in the 52nd minute, but Michael Lahoud's effort did not trouble Sounders goalie Kasey Keller.

The Goats continued to possess the ball well and looked to have
scored a goal in the 60th minute, when Giancarlo Maldonado slotted a
nice shot over Keller. Maldonado's goal, though, was waived off, as he
was ruled offside.

That moment seemed to wake Seattle up. Montero forced a save from Chivas 'keeper Zach Thornton in the 61st minute.

Just a minute later, more Thornton heroics were needed to keep
Chivas in the game. The veteran keeper made an excellent reaction save
on a header from Zakuani, while Nathan Sturgis missed a wide open shot on the rebound.

Looking for more offense, Chivas coach Martin Vasquez turned to Sal
Zizzo in the second half. The midfielder, who played in Germany for
Hannover 96, forced one save from Keller in the late going.

Chivas were finally rewarded for their second-half effort with a
goal in injury time. Flores started the play off on the left wing by
crossing a ball that ultimately found Rodolfo Espinoza on the opposite
wing. Espinoza then sent in a cross of his own that Padilla headed home.

Seattle will now go on to finish their regular season at Houston on
Oct. 23, but they will have to do so without Montero, who earned his
fifth yellow card and will have to serve a one-match suspension.

Chivas have two more matches remaining: on the road against San Jose on Wednesday and at home against Chicago on Saturday.