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Sounders lose game, Hurtado and Jaqua

Final: Chivas 1, Sounders 0. The second half went much like the first, with Seattle dominating play but unable to finish.

If anything, there were better chances in the second half: a brilliant Zakuani cross through the goal area that the rest of the team watched from a safe distance, a Jhon Kennedy Hurtado header over the bar from about a yard away, and a near-brilliant Brad Evans volley just over the bar.

Seattle also lost Nate Jaqua to a late red card and will also be without Hurtado next week due to his picking up his fifth yellow of the season.

It almost seemed fitting that even KONG had troubles tonight, losing video and audio for portions of the second half.

So now next week looms increasingly important -- in fact, let's say crucial -- or at least about as crucial as a first-half-of-the-season game can be. The teams above the Sounders are pulling away, and the teams behind them are coming up fast.

With San Jose coming to Qwest Field a full three points seems the only acceptable result.

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Halftime: Well, that's one of the reasons soccer is such a fascinating game: Seattle is both dominating and trailing, 1-0.

The goal came around the 38th minute, and a rebound after Kasey Keller batted away but couldn't control a solid shot on goal.

However, it is interesting to note that the Chivas possession began after a linesman ruled that Freddie Ljungberg had lost the ball over the touchline. I didn't think it had crossed the line, and Ljungberg clearly didn't.

Stephen King had a solid half after a surprise start in place of Peter Vagenas, who apparently hurt an ankle during warm-ups on what is apparently one of the league's problematic natural-grass fields.

I thought James Riley also had a very active, solid half.

And Ljungberg, Montero and Jaqua have all had enough chances where it's hard to imagine that this game will end with the current score.

Pregame: Unfortunately, I'm not in Carson, Calif. I'm at home and watching as the Sounders and Chivas begin.

I'll click back in with a couple of halftime observations -- and I'll be hoping to read some of yours as well.

And then same thing after the game.

Here we go.