Sounders rally beats Chivas USA behind rapid waves of attack

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Falling behind early Seattle managed their first win of the year behind goals by Brad Evans and Lamar Neagle. The 2-1 final indicates a match closer than it was as the Sounders would find new ways to challenge Chivas USA throughout the game.

An early Erick Torres goal dampened the spirits of the Sunday evening crowd, but only seven minutes later an Obafemi Martins throughball sprung Brad Evans who tied the match in the 23rd minute. Seattle Sounders FC found a second life of a casual energy that would explode like a blooming flower in fast motion video. Lamar Neagle buried the winner in the 57th minute. Mauro Rosales would get his first assist in months.

In past losses different issues could be pointed out as failures. The Torres goal did take advantage of a series of team wide failures. On the whole the defense did well. Andrew Weber would only need two saves on the night, though one is highlight film worthy.

Offensive identity for Seattle has varied throughout the season. Despite two wide midfielders known as crossers the club generated offense through the middle via rapid counterattacks. Early in the match it was Rosales as the central playmaker, but everyone would get in on the action. Plays would see Marc Burch, Evans, Neagle, Martins, DeAndre Yedlin, Leo Gonzalez, Osvaldo Alons and even Patrick Ianni charge up the middle. Sub Servando Carrasco, playing as a left mid, even joined the attack.

These bursts were infrequent. Those moments were halted with poor attempts at final passes, an offside all or two, or twenty attempts on goal. Against stronger competition different routes to goal would be necessary, but Chivas USA is not a good team. Just dribbling up the middle worked to the tune of a 2-1 win that fell short of the goals the team wanted, but still resulted in 2013's first come from behind victory.

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