Top Five Plays for Chivas USA in 2010: Thornton vs. Seattle
As the off-season begins, cdchivasusa.com is counting down the top five plays of the Goats 2010 season, in no particular order.
After all five plays are posted, fans will be asked to vote for your favorite and help name Chivas USA's top play of the season!
Top Play #4: Thornton Protects Draw and Clean Sheet with Huge Save
‘Keeper Zach Thornton, an MLS original, has been making big saves as long as anyone can remember. He finished the 2010 season with six shutouts and a total of sixty-three saves.
On August 14th, Thornton made perhaps the biggest of those sixty-three. Chivas USA was hosting a hot Seattle Sounders team who came into the match on a four-game unbeaten streak.
The match would turn into a contest between two veteran goalkeepers. Thornton and Seattle’s Kasey Keller each made a host of great saves throughout the evening to keep the game scoreless. But it was Thornton who would leave the lasting impression, making a fantastic play late in the match.
Watch Thornton's save:
Looking back on the match a few months later, Chivas USA’s veteran goalkeeper downplayed his big save.
“You’re just trying to do your part to help the team win,” said Thornton. “Sometimes that’s a bigger part than others. But we all have the same job, just trying to help the team win and get a result.”
Thornton remembered exactly what it was like to see Alonso lining up that late shot.
“He’s a good shooter,” said Thornton. “Ideally you’d like to see someone step to him. You’re trying to get yourself in a good position and be set, because you know he can do a lot of things with the ball.”
When asked if he sometimes wished he could celebrate huge saves more, maybe even with dances or choreographed routines like goalscorers, Thornton laughed.
“Not at that time in the game,” he said simply. “You’re happy that you made a good play, but you’re just trying to get ready for the next play.”
After the game ends however, there is time to look back and be proud of one’s contribution, said Thornton.
“When you have a big part of the result, you feel good about it,” he said. “It feels good that you could do that for your team.”
What did you think about the save? Could a save beat out one of the top goal for the season’s best play? Leave a comment below, and don’t forget to check back tomorrow to vote for your favorite play!