Jul 11, 2012; Tukwila, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson (7) kicks and scores a goal against the Chivas USA during the 1st half at Starfire Sports. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
Starfire may not be magic, but special moments happen there. Wednesday night's game rarely seemed in doubt, and it was finished off by Sammy Ochoa with goal number 4, a fourth time ejecting Chivas USA from the Open Cup, a fourth time advancing to the Final and an opportunity for a historic #SE4TTLE. It was a match with dominance throughout the pitch by Seattle.
The Goats first half was strong. Ben Zemanski had a strong first half. Rauwshan McKenzie was instrumental in hodlding the Fredy Montero to a mere assist and PK drawn. It was a game where Osvaldo Alonso took his ground (a swath that consisted of about 1/3 of the pitch) and claimed it. Balls didn't get by him. Alonso would then dribble into the attack. He was not a deep lying playmaker, for he didn't lie deep. He sprinted forward with intent. His intent was clear. Attacks started with Alonso. Seattle's first goal was a perfectly threaded pass by Ozzie to Eddie Johnson. Johnson finished it well after an off-ball run that has become his signature.
In the second half Seattle also controlled. Montero's energy going both ways was clear. He won balls and created attacks. It was he that was taken down to grant Alsono the opportunity to slot home the PK. Later Montero would feed Brad Evans for goal number three.
It was a rout in Tukwila. It was what makes Starfire special. A smile field where technical work can be rewarded and rapid decision making is key. The Sounders used this place they know so well to cement their entry into history.
Opportunity is there. #SE4TTLE