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April 16, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Game notes/quotes, Sounders FC v. Chivas USA

-Sounders FC’s home games vs. San Jose April 25, L.A. Galaxy May 10 and Columbus Crew May 30 are sold out. Tickets remain available for all remaining home dates.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC INJURY REPORT – OUT: FW Jarrod Smith (quadriceps strain);

DOUBTFUL: DF Taylor Graham (left sesamoid fracture); MF Peter Vagenas (knee surgery); PROBABLE: GK Chris Eylander (right knee PCL sprain)

Quotes from Chivas USA:

“I think there’s a good energy to our team right now,” said MID Jesse Marsch. “I’m happy that a lot of guys are playing and showing well for themselves. This team never gets too high or too low.”

-Chivas’ two goals allowed are tied for second in MLS with New England, one more

than Seattle Sounders FC. “It’s a group effort,’ said coach Preki. “When everybody’s committed and playing good defense, you’re not going to give too many things away. When you do give a moment or two away, you always know that you have a good

goalkeeper in the goal that can make a good save or two. Zach [Thornton] has made saves in almost all of our games to keep us in the game.”

FWD Alecko Eskandarian was able to come off the bench and see action for the first time this season, replacing Eduardo Lillingston at halftime. There are still as many as seven regulars who are out injured, yet Chivas has

maintained the top spot in the division. In a similar situation last year, Chivas won just one of their opening seven games. “It’s nice to get off to a good start, but it’s a long MLS season,” said Eskandarian. “At this point, we just want to try to build as much of a gap as we can between the teams behind us.”

-It took 350 game minutes for a team to score on Seattle, the second longest shutout streak to start a season in MLS history, surpassing the 344 minutes set by the Dallas Burn in 1999, but still 71 minutes short of the New York Red Bulls’ 2007 record.

Predrag Radosavljevic has roots in Puget Sound area soccer, which is where he established a foothold in the American game. Radosavljevic arrived in the area from Yugoslavia in 1985 to play indoors for the Tacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League, where he played alongside current Sounders FC assistant Brian

Schmetzer. He was quickly nicknamed Preki and went on to become the Stars’ icon over the next five seasons, setting franchise records of 219 goals and 227 assists in 247 regular season games. It was Preki’s goal and Kasey Keller’s shutout which lifted the U.S. over Brazil during the 1998 Gold Cup at the L.A. Coliseum. Preki went on to earn two MLS MVPs. He was the 2007 MLS Coach of the Year after guiding Chivas

USA to the Western Conference title. In 2008, Preki’s Chivas side was blanked by the USL-1 Sounders, 2-0, at Starfire. Chris Eylander earned the shutout, and Taylor Graham and Sebastien Le Toux each scored goals.

Nate Jaqua has recorded four goals and one assist in eight games

versus Chivas USA. His first career hat trick came 6/4/05 in Chicago’s 5-2 win over the expansion side. Jaqua also scored in a 4-0 home win for another of his former teams, Houston, last season.

-Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid is 1-3-2 (all with Columbus; 1-2-1 vs. Preki) against Chivas USA, which began play in 2005. He is 17-8-7 in regular season games

coached at Home Depot Center (2-3-1 as a visitor).


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