The first half was all Seattle Sounders fireworks. The goals came so easy that Obafemi Martins didn't celebrate his two goals. Andy Rose half celebrated his far post brace. Chivas USA could not defend. Clint Dempsey couldn't find the net, despite having several opportunities.
Dempsey's off night is the only reason that Sounders FC was up 4-nil in the first half. If Dempsey had one of his signature evenings the score would have been six-nil or even more goals.
It was the best of halves; it was the wors... no, it wasn't. There've been worse halves, many of them even.
Yes, Chivas USA scored twice. One of those was a beauty of a header that chipped across Stefan Frei's goal mouth. It was brilliant. It was the Goats first goal in something like 78 weeks (not really). The Goats got a bit more energy and earned a PK from a Zach Scott foul in the box. They scored.
For the rest of the second half Seattle played to the level of Chivas. It was bland, boring and disappointing, but it wasn't awful. Just think back to the Galaxy match for awful.
Seattle takes a five point lead in the Shield race with this, their 16th, win. They have the second highest goal differential in the league, the second highest road differential and are tied with LA for most goals scored (LA has a game in hand). They still have the most wins. In fact, Seattle has more points than San Jose and Chivas do combined.
After the three set-play goals on the evening, with some great service from Brad Evans, Sounders FC now sits in second in the league for dead-ball goal scoring.
More goals could have come. Two first half braces and a scoreless Dempsey left us hungry. Like the stereotype of Chinese food Seattle wasn't satiated and is already hungry for more. There are nine days without a competitive soccer match.