SEATTLE (AP) -- Steve Zakuani scored and helped set up Osvaldo
Alonso's goal to help the Seattle Sounders beat Chivas USA 2-1
The victory was a franchise-record fifth MLS win in a row for
the Sounders, and tied Real Salt Lake for the longest in the
league this season.
Seattle, which already has clinched its second straight playoff
spot, remained fourth in the Western Conference with 48 points,
one behind FC Dallas.
Jesus Padilla scored a second-half stoppage-time goal for Chivas,
which has 28 points and has been eliminated from playoff
contention for the first time in five seasons.
Zakuani's goal in the ninth minute was his 10th of the year,
tying him with Fredy Montero for the team lead. Alonso scored
his first of the year in the 25th.
The Sounders had never scored against Chivas in four previous
regular-season MLS games.
Zakuani took care of that in the ninth minute.
Defender Jeff Parke, playing between the center circle and the
top of the penalty area, pushed the ball forward to Zakuani. He
took it between two defenders, around a third, then got around
the left side of goalkeeper Zach Thornton, who had come way off
his line. Zakuani fired into a wide-open net from 12 yards away
on the right side.
Near the end of the 25th minute, Montero started the play that
led to Seattle's second goal. Montero took the ball into the
left side of the box and tapped ahead to Zakuani, to took it all
the way to the goal line. Zakuani sent it across the goalmouth,
and it landed on the foot of Alonso, who sent it into the back
For Chivas, Padilla headed in a cross from Rodolfo Esponoza two
minutes into the three minutes of stoppage time.