We can add scoring a goal against Chivas USA to the list of Sounders accomplishments for 2010.
The second-year Seattle MLS side had never scored a league goal against the LA club in four matches that had ended with two draws and two losses.
Steve Zakuani took care of that early on and then assisted on Osvaldo Alonso’s first goal of the year as Seattle coasted to a 2:1 win before over 36,000 fans at Qwest Field.
“It was a great steal by Jeff Parke and he gave me the ball,” said Zakuani of his goal. “It kind of opened up a little bit and like I always say when you’re one-on-one with the keeper the easiest way is to go around him. Zach [Thornton] kind of stood up a little bit so I took it around him and put the ball in the goal. Second goal was a good goal. Almost like the goal we got against Philadelphia in the first game of the year for Brad Evans – carbon copy. It was very good. Happy to score my tenth goal.”
After the match the team and front office took to the pitch to thank fans for their record-setting support during the regular season. The Sounders do have one more match at Qwest Field in 2010, a Halloween night 5:00 PM kick off in their home leg of the first round of the playoffs.
The night was mainly good times and good vibes. The club won, seems to have avoided injury, and continues its red-hot streak.
You could argue that Seattle sort of “shut down” or coasted after the second goal around 25 minutes on. It was a lackluster second half and the Goats pulled one back in stoppage time that made for the deserving final scoreline.
“Any time you win it’s a good thing,” said head coach Sigi Schmid after the match. “When you win games and the team feels confident that you can win games. Even if you play a sloppy 30 minutes and you still win, that’s a good thing. It’s the confidence of going out and winning all that time that helps us most of all.”
I was hoping to see Fredy Montero be rewarded for his continued hard work, but alas the Colombian sparkplug’s streak of matches without a goal continued despite admirable team play on his part.
In the end it was Zakuani’s night, and he was happy to share it with the fans. “We said before the game it’s the last game before these fans,” the swift winger said post-match. “We won’t be back here until the playoffs so we wanted go out with a bang. We did it against Dallas last year, I think it’s the same score line this year. So just trying to repay the fans and also beat our points total from last year. So we are happy with that.”
SEA–Zakuani 10 (Parke 1) 9
SEA–Alonso 1 (Zakuani 6, Montero 10) 25
CHV–Padilla 6 (Espinoza 3) 92+
CHIVAS USA–Zach Thornton, Mariano Trujillo, Jonathan Bornstein, Michael Umana,
Ante Jazic, Rodolfo Espinoza, Jorge Flores, Michael Lahoud, Paulo Nagamura,
Jesus Padilla, Giancarlo Maldonado (Sal Zizzo 76).
TOTAL SHOTS: 14 (Flores 4);SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (4 tied with 1);FOULS: 5 (Lahoud 2,
Umana 2);OFFSIDE: 2;CORNER KICKS: 5;SAVES: Thornton 1;
26; EJECTIONS: None.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC–Kasey Keller, James Riley, Leo Gonzalez, Jeff Parke,
Patrick Ianni (Tyrone Marshall 51), Sanna Nyassi (Alvaro Fernandez 60),
Nathan Sturgis, Osvaldo Alonso, Steve Zakuani, Fredy Montero (Nate Jaqua 87),
TOTAL SHOTS: 11 (Montero 4);SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Zakuani 2);FOULS: 13 (Gonzalez 3,
Marshall 3);OFFSIDE: 4;CORNER KICKS: 5;SAVES: Keller 3;
CAUTIONS: Zakuani 59,
Montero 84; EJECTIONS: None.
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Referee’s Assistants: Craig Lowry, C.J. Morgante
4th Official: Yader Reyes.
Temperature: 50 and Clear.