Chivas USA drops 1-0 result to Seattle Sounders FC in Casa Grande, Arizona

Red-and-White own possession for most of first 60 minutes, but fall to a 75th minute goal

CARSON, Calif. (Saturday, February 12, 2011) – Chivas USA faced the Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday morning at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Ariz., falling 1-0 due to a 75th minute goal from David Estrada. It was the first goal conceded by the Red-and-White this preseason, and the match continued a run of good play from Chivas against MLS opposition.

Here's a photo gallery of the game.

Chivas USA started a group primarily made up of veterans, and for the 60 minutes that those players were in the match, the Red-and-White dominated possession and had the better of chances. Blair Gavin had a good chance for Chivas USA with a long shot, and Victor Estupiñan, playing as a winger for the first time this preseason, headed another opportunity just wide. Zach Thornton and the Red-and-White’s defensive corps played well to keep Seattle off the board.

Seattle changed all 11 players at halftime, while Chivas USA switched its entire lineup at the 60 minute mark. After the Red-and-White changed groups, the Sounders took advantage, and the only goal came in minute 75 when Estrada finished after good passing by Jonathan Prieto and Miguel Montaño on a counterattack.

Chivas USA will have a day off on Sunday before returning to training on Monday, and on Tuesday the team plays Real Salt Lake. A final preseason scrimmage in Arizona comes next Friday, when the Red-and-White play against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The team continues preparations for the 2011 Home Opener on March 19 against Omar Bravo and Sporting Kansas City. Season Seats for 2011 are now on sale, with prices remaining at the same low rates as 2010. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit cdchivasusa.com.

Chivas USA 0:1 Seattle Sounders FC

Preseason Scrimmage

February 12, 2011 – Casa Grande, Ariz.

Scoring Summary:

SEA – David Estrada (Miguel Montaño, Jonathan Prieto) 75’

Caution Summary:

SEA – Tyson Wahl (caution) 30’

CHV – Zarek Valentin (caution) 56’

Chivas USA Lineup

First 60’: Zach Thornton, Zarek Valentin, Jimmy Conrad, Michael Umaña, Jimmy Conrad, Ante Jazic, Michael Lahoud, Blair Gavin, Gerson Mayén, Victor Estupiñan, Francisco Mendoza, Alan Gordon

Final 30’: Sergio Arias, Jimmy Asprilla, Andrew Boyens, Trialist, Jorge Flores, Ben Zemanski, Guillermo Torres, Mariano Trujillo, Jesús Padilla, Sal Zizzo, Chukwudi Chijindu

Seattle Sounders FC

First half: Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyson Wahl, Danny Earls, Alvaro Fernandez, Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg, Steve Zakuani, Fredy Montero, Mike Fucito

 Second half: Terry Boss, Roger Levesque, Zach Scott, Leone Cruz, Michael Tetteh, Lamar Neagle, Servando Carrasco, Jonathan Prieto, Miguel Montaño, David Estrada, Seedy Bah