Seattle Sounders Beat Chivas USA 2-1 In Final Home Match; Osvaldo Alonso Scores His First Goal Of Season

The Seattle Sounders, already in the MLS playoffs, face Chivas USA, already eliminated, tonight at Qwest Field. For a match card, preview, scouting report and game thread, visit SB Nation's Sounders blog, Sounder At Heart.

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Final Score: Seattle Sounders 2-1 Chivas USA

Jesus Padilla pulled one back in stoppage time, but it was still too late for Chivas USA. Goals by Steve Zakuani and Osvaldo Alonso brought the Sounders their fifth straight win, leaving the crowd at the last regular-season home match absolutely ecstatic.

Seattle will have to travel to Houston without the help of star striker Fredy Montero, who received a yellow card in the 84th minute. But the Sounders are really looking ahead to the playoffs, with their first match at home on Halloween. Their thoughts were clearly elsewhere in the second half of the match, giving away a few sloppy balls and, of course, allowing the last-minute Chivas goal. But should Seattle play the same fluid, attack game they demonstrated in the first half, their future opponents should be very worried indeed.

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Goalflash: Sounders 2-1 Chivas

Jorge Flores sent a cross to Jesus Padilla, who caught the Sounders napping in defense to put one in the back of the net. Jeff Parke was wrong-footed while Tyrone Marshall was entirely absent.

Be well, Patrick Ianni.

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GOALFLASH! Sounders 2-0 Chivas USA--Osvaldo Alonso With His First This Season

Osvaldo Alonso won the ball in midfield before chipping it to Fredy Montero. Montero ran forward before slipping the ball to Steve Zakuani. Zakuani sent the ball back to Alonso, who needed just one touch to send the ball into the net.

Ossie did a great little boogie to celebrate his first goal of the season. He deserved this moment, considering the number of recent long-range efforts that have just barely missed the goal.

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Goalflash! Seattle 1-0 Chivas USA

Seattle just keeps getting more and more fun. The Sounders put the pressure on early against Chivas and it’s already paid off. Jeff Parke flicked the ball to Steve Zakuani, who beat not two, not three, but four Chivas players before running around keeper Zach Thornton to put the ball into the empty net.

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