Sounders FC beats Mexican club, 3-1
Sounders FC's second-largest crowd of the season, 41,047, watched Seattle beat Chivas de Guadalajara of Mexico 3-1 at Qwest Field.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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The timing of the game might have been poor and the crowd support was uncharacteristically bipartisan, but Sounders FC comfortably beat the popular Mexican club, Chivas de Guadalajara, 3-1 in an international friendly Tuesday night.
With both teams fielding lineups of mainly reserves, Seattle got goals from Mike Fucito, Nate Jaqua and Sanna Nyassi to outlast the 11-time Mexican First Division champions at Qwest Field, which was half full of Chivas fans.
The game drew the Sounders' second-largest crowd of the season, 41,047.
"It's the first time I think the visiting team has had a good representation," coach Sigi Schmid said. "But even though they had their fans here, certainly the Seattle fans still dominated."
So did the home team for much of the match.
Sounders FC raced to a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute when Fucito got behind the Chivas defense, gathered a pass from Roger Levesque and calmly buried the one-on-one chance against goalkeeper Luis Michel.
The hosts doubled the lead in the 18th minute when Levesque sent in a beautiful cross to Jaqua, who buried a header to make it 2-0.
The fast start "definitely gave us some momentum and put them under pressure early," said Fucito, who had seven shots.
In the second half, Chivas pressed forward and had a goal disallowed in the 61st minute when forward Alberto Medina was wrongly called offside. The visitors successfully pulled a goal back in the 70th minute when second-half substitute Marco Fabian headed in a cross from Mitchel Oviedo past Seattle goalkeeper Terry Boss.
Chivas' comeback hopes were dashed in the 77th minute, when defender Juan Ocampo was ejected for earning a second yellow card on a rash sliding tackle on midfielder Mike Seamon.
Sounders FC clinched the victory in the 90th minute when forward Fredy Montero's rocket shot off the post rebounded fortuitously off Sanna Nyassi for the midfielder's fifth goal in 11 days.
"Sometimes when it's going well for you, it's really going well," Schmid said of Nyassi's hot streak. "I'll take that little bit of luck."
No Sounders regular saw the field until the 75th minute, when Montero was subbed on. Defender Akeem Adams, a recent invitee at training, was a new face for Seattle and played the second half.
"It was good for this group of guys who hadn't been getting a run (to) get that win here," said Boss, who made three saves.
Chivas also countered with reserves, as star forwards Adolfo "Bofo" Bautista and Omar Bravo — who will be a designated player for Kansas City next season — were left out of the game-day roster. That didn't matter much to the enthusiastic fans for both teams.
"I heard a couple of comments before the game started that we were the 'away' team today," said Seattle midfielder David Estrada. "But at the end, I think everyone enjoyed it."
And that's what friendlies are for.
• In earlier friendlies, Sounders FC beat Argentine power Boca Juniors 3-0 in May and lost to popular Scottish side Celtic 2-1 in July, which drew the season's largest crowd of 45,631.
• Seattle plays Friday at 8 p.m. against Chivas USA in a league game to be nationally televised on ESPN2. It will be Fan Appreciation Day at Qwest Field and the final home game of the regular season.
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SOUNDERS FC 3, GUADALAJARA 1
|CD Chivas de Guadalajara||0 1 — 1|
|Seattle||2 1 — 3|
CD Chivas de Guadalajara — Luis Michel (Hugo Hernandez 46), Christian Perez, Jorge Enriquez (Patricio Araujo 46), Juan Ocampo, Dionicio Escalante (Omar Esparza 30), Edgar Mejia, Xavier Baez, Ulises Davila, Alberto Medina (Marco Fabian 64), Jesus Sanchez (Miguel Ponce 63), Mitchel Oviedo.
Seattle — Terry Boss, Zach Scott, Tyrone Marshall, Taylor Graham, Tyson Wahl (Akeem Adams 46), David Estrada (Miguel Montano 59), Alvaro Fernandez (Peter Vagenas 46), Mike Seamon (Sanna Nyassi 88), Roger Levesque, Mike Fucito, Nate Jaqua (Fredy Montero 75).
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