Seattle Sounders 0 Chivas USA 0
Seattle Coach Sigi Schmid threw out the first pitch Friday at the Mariners-Yankees game. (AP Photo)
Ghastly offense (as usual), generally excellent defense (as is customary) gave Chivas USA the road point today.
Marcelo Saragosa excepted, of course, after throwing the most blatant kung fu kick at a soccer game since Eric Cantona. How many consecutive games with a red card is that for Chivas USA now? Chivas USA were forced to play a man down for the last 20 minutes or so.
Notable: Zach Thornton was man of the match, three excellent saves keeping Chivas USA in the game.
Quotable: “We knew it was going to be a tough game here,” said Chivas USA Coach Preki. “We knew that they were desperate for points like we are. We knew defensively we had to be very strong and not allow them to get behind us. I thought we worked really hard and Zach [Thornton] made a couple saves for us and we got the point.”
Chivas USA XI: Zach Thornton, Marcelo Saragosa, Jonathan Bornstein, Yamith Cuesta (Claudio Suarez 66), Ante Jazic, Jesus Padilla (Maykel Galindo 59), Michael Lahoud (Mariano Trujillo 58), Paulo Nagamura, Sacha Kljestan, Justin Braun, Maicon Santos.
The missing: DF Jim Curtin (L ankle surgery); MF Kevin Harmse (R knee tendonitis); GK Dan Kennedy (R knee surgery); FW Ante Razov (R ankle tendonitis); MF Sasha Victorine (concussion); GK Lance Parker (R quad strain); FW Eduardo Lillingston (R knee sprain); and MF Jesse Marsch (L calf strain).