First impressions from Seattle’s 4-2 victory over Chivas USA on Wednesday at the StubHub Center behind two goals each from Obafemi Martins and Andy Rose.
– It was a tale of two halves.
Seattle took 4-0 lead into the halftime break and the gap could have been even wider.
Martins opened the scoring just 11 minutes in and doubled his tally five minutes later on an unselfish feed from Lamar Neagle. Rose and Brad Evans combined on Nos. 3 and 4, the latter finding the former with a pair of well-placed free kicks.
And those were just the goals – Clint Dempsey alone had a hat trick of close misses, a pair of drives pulled inches wide and a chip cleared off the line by Jhon Kennedy Hurtado.
But in the second half, against form and the run of play, Chivas fought back to respectability. Marco Delgado dropped a header inside the back post in the 50th minute and Ryan Finley scored from the penalty spot in the 60th to make it 4-2.
– Chivas isn’t very good.
Breaking news, I know, but it bears repeating.
Chivas hadn’t scored a single goal in 596 minutes until it tallied two in 10 in the second half. With this result, it is now without a win in its last eight matches and is 10 points out of the fifth and final playoff spot with eight games to go.
The spaces in front of the Chivas goal were wide open from the moment Martins’ first goal landed in the net. The defending on his second one, in particular, was nonexistent.
Chivas showed some heart after the break, but only after the result was already well decided.
– Sounders get some rest ahead of a key stretch.
Seattle doesn’t play again until next Friday night, when it hosts Real Salt Lake to kick off an important run of games.
Following that home showdown against a fellow Western Conference contender, the Sounders head out for a three-match road trip, beginning with the U.S. Open Cup final in Philadelphia on the 16th and ending with a match against red-hot F.C. Dallas on the 24th.
Wednesday was about taking care of business – and was about as straightforward as a 4-2 victory can possibly be.
The next eight days are about getting those legs rested up for the final push.