One game in 100 words: There was little doubt that the Seattle Sounders would take care of business against a constantly struggling Chivas USA squad, but the Goats were able to seize the advantage early on, coming off the score of dynamic striker Erick Torres and a favorable own goal. Near the second half, however, Seattle came alive to count three consecutive goals. Obafemi Martins notched a brace, Lamar Neagle got on the score sheet and Clint Dempsey added his touch for a 3-0 lead. The Sounders have now separated themselves at the pinnacle of the Western Conference by three points, and also clinched a playoff spot. Chivas is tied with the Montreal Impact for the weakest point total in MLS.
Seattle: Obafemi Martins 14’ and 51’, Lamar Neagle 37’, Clint Dempsey 45’+1’
Chivas: Erick Torres 12’, Jalil Anibaba (OG) 18’
Three moments that mattered
14’— Martins delivers to level the match, 1-1 — Obafemi Martins took this goal upon himself, setting up outside the box after a quick juke afford him an opening to rocket a left-footed strike that zipped inside far post. Erick Torres had given Chivas the lead two minutes earlier, and once the Sounders tied the match at this point, a Seattle own goal was all that the Goats would enjoy for the rest of the match.
18’ — Anibaba breathes hope into Chivas — Erick Torres spurred the man-advantage break, leading Felix Borja into the oppositions’ end with a through ball, and the Equador international crushed a deep shot off the iron. Torres regathered the rebound in the box and whipped forward the ball that Jalil Anibaba consequently tipped past his own goalkeeper, Dan Kennedy. Chivas captured the 2-1 upper hand, forcing Seattle to utilize their attack for the win.
51’ — Cool-handed Martin chips final goal — In the midst of a crowd outside of the penalty area, Lamar Neagle managed to slip a through ball past Chivas’ back line, and Obafemi Martins corralled it. The Sounders top-notch forward then hesitated before cutting to his right and dropping a chip into the back of frame.
Seattle: Stefan Frei; DeAndre Yedlin, Chad Marshall, Jalil Anibaba, Brad Evans; Lamar Neagle, Micheal Azira, Osvaldo Alonso, Marco Pappa (Andy Rose 69’); Obafemi Martins (Dylan Remick 90’+1’), Clint Dempsey (Sean Okoli 90’+1’)
Chivas: Dan Kennedy; Akira Kaji, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Bobby Burling, Donny Toia; Nathan Sturgis (Marvin Chaves 72’), Oswaldo Minda (Agustin Pelletieri 87’), Matthew Dunn, Leandro Barerra (Luis Bolanos 77’); Felix Borja, Erick Torres