Seattle Sounders FC continued its unbeaten road run Saturday with a come-from-behind 2-1 win at Chivas USA.
Seattle fell behind in the opening minutes, but that was overcome on goals by Lamar Neagle and Obafemi Martins – both assisted by Clint Dempsey.
Chivas (1-3-3) jumped ahead in the fifth minute after Osvaldo Alonso was whistled for a foul ruled just inside the top corner of the penalty area. Erick Torres nailed the penalty kick, joining Dempsey atop of the Golden Boot race with six goals each.
Seattle pulled even in the 25th minutes when Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy misplayed a high ball in front of the goal. Dempsey nudged it across the box, where Neagle knocked home the equalizer.
Seventeen minutes from the end, Chivas midfielder Marco Delgado was sent off with a red card after a foul on Gonzalo Pineda. Seattle played with a one-man advantage from there.
Soon thereafter, the Dempsey-to-Martins combo clicked, and the Sounders moved their road record to 3-0-1.
The Goats’ winless streak increased to six games (0-3-3).
With his two assists, Dempsey extended his run to six straight regular-season games with a goal (seven) or an assist (three).The Sounders (4-2-1) will return to action against Colorado at 1 p.m. Saturday against Colorado, their first home game since March 29.
ADDED TIMEBrad Evans returned to action in the 67th minute after missing the four previous matches with a calf injury. …The Sounders begin MLS Reserve League play with a match at Chivas USA at 11 a.m. Sunday.
I'll be back soon with notes and quotes.
73rd minute: Red card to Chivas' Marco Delgado. Sounders will have man advantage from here. Still 1-1.
67' Brad Evans subs on after four game absence due to calf injury. On for Pappa.
Second half: ... has begun.
Halftime: Even, 1-1.
25' Sounders take the gift as GK Kennedy misplays high ball, and Neagle knocks it home. 1-1.
5' Erick Torres nails it. And catches Dempsey in Golden Boot race. PK followed pental call on Alonso at the top of the penalty area. Chivas, 1-0.
First kick: ... has been struck. Sounders-Chivas under way at Stub Hub Center.
Sounders in rave/blue; Chivas in red/blue.
Lineups:For Seattle: GK - 24 Stefan Frei; RB - 17 DeAndre Yedlin; CB - 14 Chad Marshall; CB - 19 Djimi Traore; LB - 12 Leo Gonzalez; RM - 27 Lamar Neagle; CM - 6 Osvaldo Alonso; CM - 8 Gonzalo Pineda; LM - 10 Marco Pappa; F - 2 Clint Dempsey (captain); F - 9 Obafemi Martins. Reserves: Hahnemann, Scott, Remick, Azira, Evans, Barrett, Cooper.
Chivas starters: Kennedy; Jean-Baptiste, Bocanegra, Burling, Avila; Barrera, Alvarez, Pelletieri, Delgado, Rosales; Torres. Reserves: Melia, Bautista, Toia, Tyrpak, Nwiloh, Moore, Minda
Pregame: Chivas fans waiting to enter StubHub Center. Chivas has the lowest home attendance in MLS, averaging just over 10,000 per home game.[/caption]
It's a beautiful evening in Southern California where Sounders FC will meet Chivas USA and an old friend tonight: Mauro Rosales.
First kick is scheduled around 7:30. The game will be shown on JOEtv and heard on the usual radio outlets. We'll also keep the blog active through the evening, with additional notes and comments on Twitter @donruiztnt.First up this evening could be lineups, probably including Brad Evans back in midfield for the Sounders.