Goats looking to remain the thorn in Seattle's side

Chivas USA play Sounders at Qwest Field Friday night

The basics

Seattle Sounders FC (13-9-6, 45 points, fourth place in Western Conference) vs. Chivas USA (8-15-4, 28 points, seventh place in West) at Qwest Field in Seattle.

All-time record: Chivas USA lead 2-0-2 in MLS play.

TV info

11 p.m. ET, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

Game intro

The Sounders organization plans to salute its fans before Friday
night’s game. All sorts of merriment, including free hot dogs and a
pregame concert, will greet the club’s 31st consecutive sellout crowd
for a league match.

Meanwhile, Chivas USA will play for pride and attempt to build on 3-0 victory over Toronto FC.
But they’ve got something else on the line: The Goats are the only team
in MLS never to lose to Seattle in MLS play, and have never yielded a
goal to the second-year franchise in a league match, either.

Seattle Sounders FC

Brad Evans
has been shut down for the season, leaving Seattle with only 23 active
players. However, that should be enough as all the players on the
roster have been playing well. The starters clinched a playoff spot a
week ago while the reserves earned a 3-1 triumph over Chivas de
Guadalajara in a friendly on Tuesday.

Seattle will be attempting to earn their fifth consecutive victory
in league play as the playoff positions start to unveil themselves.

"The Chivas game is really a measuring stick of how do we respond
after clinching ... what's our mentality, how headstrong are we, and
just keep it going," Steve Zakuani told the Sounders' official website.

Chivas USA

Alan Gordon’s suspension for violent conduct rules him out of this match. With Justin Braun also dealing with a concussion, it could be a smaller, quicker front line for the visitors.

For a team that’s made the playoffs for four consecutive years,
playing a meaningless game in October won’t feel good. However, recent
addition Sal Zizzo points out that “in all sports, momentum definitely
carries over to the next season.”

Heroes & villains:

Leo Gonzalez vs. Mariano Trujillo:
Who could forget Trujillo striking González in the face the last time
these two teams met in MLS play in August? On the play, both players
walked away with red cards while Fredy Montero was flattened by Chivas ‘keeper Zach Thornton as the sides battled to a 0-0 draw.

The next time they got together, Seattle got the better of them with
a 3-1 win in the US Open Cup. These two teams generally play tough,
physical contests together, and Friday should be no different.

Stat that makes you go “Hmm"

30,943: The per-game MLS attendance record Seattle set last season.
With more than half a million fans through the Qwest Field turnstiles
this season, they've already shattered that mark by more than 5,000 per
game.