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Sounders rout Goats behind Montero hat trick

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Aug. 25, 2012 at 6:38 pm with 3 Comments »
August 25, 2012 10:07 pm

Fredy Montero recorded the fourth hat trick in Sounders FC history in leading Seattle to a 6-2 win over Chivas USA tonight at Home Depot Center.

“I just want to say thank-you to the team because they have a really good performance today,” Montero told television station KING after the game. “I got the opportunity to score three. I’m very happy, and hopefully I will keep scoring goals.”

The goals were Montero’s ninth, 10th and 11th of the MLS season, moving him even with Eddie Johnson for the club lead.

He joins Blaise Nkufo, Lamar Neagle and David Estrada as the only Sounders to score three goals in a game.

The Sounders also matched their club record for goals in an MLS match. The other six-goal game came almost exactly a year ago – Aug. 27, 2011 – against Columbus.

Mauro Rosales had three assists, climbing to a club-high 13 on the season and tying his own club record.

The win moved Seattle to 12-6-7 on the season and into a tie with Real Salt Lake for second place in the MLS Western Conference. Sounders have two games in hand on RSL and also took the lead in the goals-scored tie-breaker.

However, Seattle remains seven points behind San Jose in the Supporters Shield race, as the Earthquakes beat Colorado on Saturday night.

Montero’s goals were clustered over a 40-minute stretch: the 27th minute, 34th minute and 67th minute.

Brad Evans put the Sounders ahead in the 10th minute.

After the first two Montero goals pushed Chivas (7-10-6) three goals behind, the Goats rallied to within one. Their first goal came on a Juan Agudelo penalty kick after Jeff Parke was called for a handball in the area. Miller Bolanos cut it to 3-2 in the 64th minute.

Seattle put it away behind Montero’s final goal, a Sammy Ochoa header, and a late Chivas own goal.

In the closing minutes, Honduran midfielder Mario Martinez made his Sounders debut.

And behind him came Steve Zakuani, who played the final six minutes in what was his second league appearance since suffering leg fractures on April 22, 2011, in a game at Colorado.

The Sounders resume CONCACAF Champions League play against Caledonia AIA at 5 p.m. Thursday in Couva, Trinidad.

Seattle’s next MLS match is Sept. 2 at FC Dallas.

We’re expecting some quotes within an hour or so, and I’ll add those in a new post or two above when they arrive.

84th minute: Steve Zakuani subs in for Tiffert.

79th minute: GOAL Seattle. This time it’s Sammy Ochoa with his first goal of the season: a well-struck header. Sounders, 5-2 — first time Sounders have scored five goals away from home.

78th minute: Mario Martinez makes his Sounders debut, replacing Mauro Rosales, who had three assists.

78th minute: Mario Martinez makes his Sounders debut, replacing Mauro Rosales, who had three assists.

73rd minute: Sounders sub Sammy Ochoa in for Eddie Johnson.

67th minute: Fredy Montero gets his third of the night. He joins Nkufo, Neagle and Estrada as Sounders with hat tricks. Seattle, 4-2. Took pass in box from Rosales, touches ball back behind defender and finishes low.

64th minute: GOAL Chivas. Nice run and fire by Bolanos. He worked his way past Johansson and Parke and then shot from high in the area. Gspurning was late in getting down and probably would like to have that one back. Seattle, 3-2.

Through 60 minutes: Things have calmed down a bit, but Chivas (especially) still getting chances. Still 3-1.

No subs yet, but you’ve got to wonder if Martinez or Zakuani gets a call.

Second half: … has begun. No subs either way.

Halftime: Sounders 3, Chivas 1.

38th minute: GOAL Chivas. Agudelo PK following Parke handball in the box. Seattle, 3-1.

33rd minute: GOAL Seattle. Montero again. He stumbles over the ball, retains possession, passes to Johnson, who touches back to Rosales, who returns it to Montero, who by now has lost his defender and chips Kennedy. Seattle, 3-0.

Montero’s 10th goal, just one behind Johnson for the team lead. Rosales’ 12th assist.

27th minute: GOAL Seattle. Montero this time: bullet from very tight angle. Assist to Rosales. Sounders, 2-0.

Montero’s ninth goal, and his fourth straight league game with a goal. Rosales’ 11th assist.

10th minute: GOAL Seattle. Fredy Montro pass into space, Evans takes it in the box, and right-foots it wide of Dan Kennedy. Seattle, 1-0.

Seattle is 11-0-1 when scoring first this season.

Chivas has fewest goals in MLS and just six in 12 games at home.

First kick: … has been struck. We’re under way. Sounders in rave/rave; Chivas in red-white/blue.

Sounders win moves them into a tie with RSL for second in the West.

Lineups: Sounders starters: GL Gspurning; D Johansson, Parke, Hurtado, Gonzalez; M Rosales (cpt), Alonso, Tiffert, Evans; F Montero, Johnson. Reserves: Ford, Scott, Burch, Caskey, Zakuani, Martinez, Ochoa.

For Chivas: Chivas: GK Kennedy; D Riley, Burling, Valencia, Jazic; M Joseph, LaBrocca, Bowen, Bolanos; F Agudelo, Townsend. Reserves: Angel, Moreno, Villafana, Zemanski, Califf, Correa, Melia.

Pregame: The Sounders will be looking for points on the road tonight, when they meet Chivas USA at 7:30 at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

The game will be shown on KING, heard on the usual radio outlets, blogged here, and tweeted at @donruiztnt.

I’ll be back with pregame news as it happens, probably starting with the lineup, which could be an interesting mixture of Eddie Johnson, Fredy Montero, Mauro Rosales and Christian Tiffert — maybe with a little Mario Martinez and Steve Zakuani tossed in later. We’ll see soon.

Leave a comment Comments → 3
  1. EverydayFan says:

    Boom boom Clap

  2. EverydayFan says:

    Sweet assist by Fredy

  3. EverydayFan says:

    4-2 and Johansen involved in every goal against and near goal against – time for that experiment to end … Not worth the risk / trouble

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