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Eddie Johnson Brace Leads Sounders Over Chivas USA

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Eddie Johnson reacts to his game-winning goal in the Seattle Sounders 2-1 victory over Chivas USA on Saturday.
Eddie Johnson reacts to his game-winning goal in the Seattle Sounders 2-1 victory over Chivas USA on Saturday.

The one thing missing from the Seattle Sounders' arsenal this year has been the ability to score a come-from-behind victory. Thanks to a pair of goals from Eddie Johnson, that's no longer an issue.

Johnson scored a brace, with the game-winner coming on a 89th minute header from a Fredy Montero assist, as the Sounders beat Chivas USA 2-1 on Saturday. Chivas USA took the early lead with a Nick LaBrocca goal in the 8th minute, but the Sounders essentially dominated the match from that point forward.

Both of Johnson's goals came on headers. Johnson equalized in the 28th minute, slamming a Christian Tiffert free kick off the turf and past a helpless Dan Kennedy.

The Sounders had several golden opportunities to pull ahead, including Steve Zakuani gett through on a 1-v-1 opportunity that Kennedy stuffed and Brad Evans missing a wide open volley off the goal post. It was misses like that which seemed to herald a frustrating tie for the Sounders.

But just as time was running out they got one more chance. Montero was able to chase down a ball near the endline and sent in an arching cross into the penalty area. Johnson beat his defender to the ball and was able to get enough on the header that it found the back of the net despite Kennedy getting his hand on it. Johnson also set a new Sounders record for goals in a season, as he now has 13.

The win catapults the Sounders into sole possession of second place in the Western Conference, six points behind the San Jose Earthquakes with both teams having seven matches remaining, including one between them at CenturyLink Field. Perhaps more importantly, they are a point clear of Real Salt Lake and four ahead of the LA Galaxy with two games in hand on each.