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Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013
(All times Eastern)
Chivas USA (5-14-7) at Seattle (12-8-4), 10 p.m.
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Seattle Sounders FC and Chivas USA will square
off for the third time this season when the two sides meet at CenturyLink
Field on Wednesday.
The Sounders have had the better of the results in the first two meetings with
wins on June 1 and July 28, which isn't surprising given the massive gap
between the two sides.
Seattle is a strong bet to make the postseason as it enters the match in third
place on 40 points with four games in-hand over first-place Real Salt Lake.
Chivas, for all intents and purposes, is the only Western Conference club
without a realistic shot at a postseason berth. The ninth-place Goats have
managed just 22 points this season, 12 points shy of the eighth-place San Jose
Earthquakes and 17 points adrift of the Portland Timbers, who occupy the final
While Chivas did manage to end its three-match road losing streak on Sunday
thanks to a 2-2 draw at Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the club's winless run away
from the StubHub Center was extended to 11 games.
It looked as if the Goats would come away from BC Place with all three points,
but a stoppage-time equalizer from Tommy Heinemann saw their road woes
prolonged, at least for a few more days.
"It's kind of a good thing that it feels like this. We would have been happy
with a tie a few months ago but now we're (ticked) off that we let those
points slip away and we're frustrated," said Chivas defender Carlos Bocanegra.
"It's good for our team spirit, I'd rather have the two points then talk about
that later but it was a bit unfortunate. We're going in the right direction."
The Sounders, meanwhile, seem to be finding their stride following the
addition of Clint Dempsey. Despite failing to produce a goal through his first
four games with Seattle, the addition of the United States international has
helped the club claim back-to-back wins against the Portland Timbers and
Seattle's most recent victory, a 1-0 defeat of the Crew, was made all the more
impressive by the fact that Leo Gonzalez was sent off in just the seventh
minute. But even with 10 men, the Sounders went on to claim all three points
thanks to Eddie Johnson's header from a Mauro Rosales free kick, the second
consecutive match in which the duo connected for the club's lone goal.
"Good service from Mauro and Eddie is so good in the air. He's starting to get
some headers for us," said Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid. "He got a lot of
head ball goals last year, and he's got two now in the last couple of games
for us, so he's definitely a weapon in the air, that's one of the things he
presents and helps us with us and the national team. He's just got to keep it
going, it's great."
09/03 17:54:22 ET