Sounders Fail To Finish off Chivas USA

Posted on 14 August 2011 by Kyle Alm

Kevin Stott pointed to the spot before pointing upfield in a sweeping motion.

Kevin Stott pointed to the spot before pointing upfield in a sweeping motion.

Although the fans will probably remember Referee Kevin Stott’s no calls on penalty kicks, or Alvaro Fernandez’s missed penalty kick, this game will go down as a wasted opportunity for Sounders to level the series with Chivas while they rebuild the roster. Sounders seemed to have control of the possession through the midfield with Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg and Mauro Rosales for much of the game. Although Sigi Schmid gave Chivas credit for the better first half they only created one shot in the first half.

Fernandez created a couple of opportunities running up the left flank and created a couple of shots on runs into the box before he drew a unintentional handball from Michael Umana in the box in the 19th minute of play. Umana gained control of the ball, even though his handball was unintentional advantage was gained as he tried to play it out of the box. A bit unusual for a player to take his own penalty kick, nevertheless, El Flaco stepped up to the spot hit the ball to his left, just passed a diving Dan Kennedy into the post, off the goalkeepers back and out of bounds.

Dan Kennedy only made two saves the entire game. An amazing statistic when Sounders took ten shots. Two of ten shots were put on frame and had both saved. Credit is certainly given to Chivas defenders Umana in particular for stopping several chances in the box. It seemed that whenever Sounders took a shot they were off-balance which can be given at least partially to Chivas’ defense.

Two saves.

Kasey Keller made three. Thirty minute mark first half, the only shot on goal for both sides in the first half. Two more fairly routine saves in the second half. Keller also snuffed out a good opportunity in the first half intended for LaBrocca that didn’t make the stat sheet.

Even Sigi Schmid claimed that there should have been a penalty called on Umana for pushing Jaqua to the ground on a cross into the box, but in the end it was lack of finishing profiency that cost Sounders two points at home and Chivas get a point on the road.

Referee Stott does have some explaining to do, he’s fortunate in a sense to have lost control late in the game rather than early. There was chippiness and cynical midfield tackles. In fact Simon Elliot tackled Fernandez by his face in the first half, caution was given. The most poignant questions: Did Stott point at the spot after Neagle was tackled? Did he decide that the ball was going out of bounds? Schmid may also have a point, it doesn’t make sense to play Jaqua if he can be obstructed on a crossing ball by a much shorter player and that a penalty kick should be awarded for those situations. It is a foul in the box after all.


“It’s not the refereeing. We had a penalty and other chances to score.”

Although it seems perfectly obvious to everyone else in the stands that the best opportunity to score late in the match was a penalty that was not awarded the game should have been won several times over. Sounders easily handled a team that has historically always given Sounders trouble. Chivas have won 2 games, Sounders 1, with two draws in their short MLS history. Chivas have turned over much of their roster, Zach Thornton, Sasha Klejstan and Jonathan Bornstein have all moved on. Chivas have not been an overly impressive side this season.

As far as bad refeeing goes, this isn’t the worst I’ve ever seen. Sad thing is that isn’t the worst Sounders finishing I’ve ever seen either. Try to relax, exhale and picture Pat Noonan scoring.

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