Chivas USA Fall Short to Seattle Sounders FC at Home 4-2
Red-and-White unable to complete comeback effort after falling behind in first half
CARSON, Calif. (Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014) – Chivas USA fell in the second leg of their season series against Seattle Sounders FC, 4-2, Wednesday night at the StubHub Center. Seattle were led by a pair of two-goal performances by Obafemi Martins and Andy Rose in the first half. The Rojiblancos answered back with scores by Marco Delgado and Ryan Finley, but could not get any closer as the visitors would take the conference battle.
The Sounders opened up the scoring in the 11th minute on the end of a corner kick sent in by Brad Evans from the right side. The entry was then headed into the six-yard box toward Martins by Chad Marshall for the short-range tap in.
Seattle would extend the lead to 2-0 five minutes later when Clint Dempsey sprung Lamar Neagle along the left seam. As Neagle crossed into the box on a breakaway, the forward laid off a short pass to Martins on his right who calmly placed the shot toward the back of the net.
The Red-and-White looked to get into range and cut the deficit. In the 23rd minute, Finley pushed the ball down the middle of the pitch and fired from behind the arc, sending his strike over the crossbar. Seven minutes later, Felix Borja got off a shot of his own from inside the area and on frame, but Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei was able to collect the attempt.
Sounders FC doubled their advantage to 4-0 when Rose got on the end of a pair of free kicks from Evans in the 38th and 42nd minute. Evans was able to connect with Rose near the back post on similar plays from the right seam before heading into the half.
Chivas were able to pull one back in the 51st minute when Eric Avila found Delgado near the back post with a cross for a scoring header, which marked the Homegrown product’s second goal of the season to narrow the lead to 4-1.
The Red-and-White cut the deficit in half in the 60th minute when Finley fired a penalty shot past Frei’s right after the striker was taken down inside the box a minute earlier while attempting to receive a cross from right back Akira Kaji.
Chivas continued to apply pressure in their attacking third and went to their bench to bring on their final two substitutions in the form of Marvin Chavez and Luis Bolaños. Despite creating dangerous looks to narrow the gap even further, the Rojiblancos’ comeback efforts would fall short, as the result stood at 4-2 in favor of the visiting side.
The Rojiblancos now face their third match in eight days this Sunday when they battle Eastern Conference side Columbus Crew beginning at noon (PT) at Crew Stadium. The interconference meeting will be televised nationally on UniMás and in the Los Angeles area on KDOC TV LA-56 and can also be heard on ESPN Deportes Radio KWKU 1220 AM. For more information follow the club on Twitter and Facebook.
Chivas USA 2-4 Seattle Sounders FC
SEA – Martins 11 (Marshall 3, Evans 3) 11’
SEA – Martins 12 (Neagle 6, Dempsey 6) 16’
SEA – Rose 1 (Evans 3) 38’
SEA – Rose 2 (Evans 4) 42’
CHV – Delgado 2 (Avila 1) 51’
CHV – Finley 1 (PK) 60’
CHV – Burling (Yellow, off the ball foul) 49’
CHV – Minda (Yellow, Foul) 72’
Kennedy, Kaji, Burling, Hurtado (Jean-Baptiste 45’), Lochhead, Delgado, Reo-Coker, Minda (Bolaños 79’), Avila (Chavez 69’), Borja, Finley
HC – Wilmer Cabrera
Unused subs: Spangenberg, Pelletieri, Sturgis, Barrera
Frei, Yedlin, Marshall, Scott, Gonzalez, Evans, Alonso, Rose, Neagle (Barrett 66’), Dempsey (Pineda 87’), Martins (Azira 76’)
HC – Sigi Schmid
Unused subs: Ford, Anibaba, Cooper, Okoli