A brace from American international Eddie Johnson lifted the Seattle Sounders to a 2-1 victory over Chivas USA on Saturday.
Two headed goals from the former Fulham striker cancelled out Nick Labrocca’s opener at CenturyLink Field.
Chivas settled quickest out of the two teams and hit the front on the back of a nifty move from their midfield on eight minutes.
Shalrie Joseph was able to set up Labrocca in the penalty area who fired across goal, beating Sounders’ keeper Michael Gspurning at the far post.
Seattle got themselves back into the match with the bulk of the possession and chances and they were rewarded in the 28th minute.
Floating in a set piece from the left side of goal, Seattle’s German midfielder Christian Tiffert found Johnson in the box and the American was able to make enough contact to guide the ball into the back of the net.
From that point on, it was mostly all Seattle and Sigi Schmid’s men went into the break level.
The Sounders dominated proceedings after half-time without much luck but finally made the breakthrough in the dying moments.
A brilliant piece of individual play by Fredy Montero down the left saw him fly by two Chivas defenders. He then whipped in a deep, driven cross into the area that Johnson nodded home past the outstretched fingers of Dan Kennedy for his 13th goal of the season.
Shortly thereafter, the final whistle blew and Seattle took the three points. The win puts the club past Real Salt Lake into second place in the Western Conference, while the loss consigned Chivas to their fourth defeat in six matches.
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