SEATTLE - AUGUST 08: Alvaro Fernandez #15 of the Seattle Sounders FC celebrates with Leonardo Gonzalez #19 (L) and Osvaldo Alonso #6 after scoring a goal against the Houston Dynamo on August 8 2010 at Qwest Field in Seattle Washington. The Sounders defeated the Dynamo 2-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Seattle Sounders 0-0 Chivas USA; Leo Gonzalez Handed Unfair Red

The Seattle Sounders travel to the Home Depot Center to take on Chivas USA, seeking their fifth consecutive win. For more information on the matchup, visit

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Seattle Sounders and Chivas USA Stumble To A Draw-- 0-0

Seattle Sounders squeak out a point against Chivas USA but not before getting in a few yells against the Goats. Mariano Trujillo reached back and slapped Leo Gonzalez across the face. Rather than sending off Trujillo immediately, Pruf completely lost what control he had remaining, even allowing one of the Chivas coaches to charge at Osvaldo Alonso. And in the end, while he did show a red to Trujillo, for some inconceivable reason he showed one to Gonzalez as well. While Leo may have fouled Trujillo, it wasn’t even worth a yellow, much less a red. Now Seattle are without one of their best defenders for the home match against Chicago Fire.

Not the best match for the Sounders. In fact, I’d say it’s the worst match in the past month. The side may have held out for a draw, increasing their unbeaten streak to six, but the team often looked disjointed and confused.

While Fernandez, for the most part, seems have blended well into the team, Blaise Nkufo continuesto look slightly uncomfortable. I’d envisioned Nkufo playing as a strong target forward, but he’s played deeper than that over the course of this match. Nkufo should be holding up the ball and giving Fredy Montero space to run, but instead he’s managing to slow up play in the wrong area. The Sounders need a target man in the box, particularly during crosses, and although they have one he is not being used in that manner.

It’s still a point, but it wasn’t a very well-played point.


Fredy Montero Flattened Yet Chivas Goalkeeper Hurts? All Nil At Halftime.

Fredy Montero was positively flattened by Zach Thornton, the keeper of Chivas USA. Montero flew through the air and flopped around like a beached fish, which was really no surprise considering the fact that Thornton appears to be at least twice his size.

While Montero looked around dazedly and wondered why he could see seven fingers on one hand, Thornton sat on the pitch and looked confused. Turned out he managed to knock out his contacts while plowing into Fredy. Hilarious.

Although the cleanup of the injury mess took six minutes, only three minutes were added to the half. Well done on the refereeing.

The score remains 0-0 at the half. Fredy Montero seemed to be making it around the pitch alright, but we may see him pulled off early. Sigi Schmid said Fernandez was likely to go only 60 minutes.

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