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Thornton steps up as Chivas USA earns tie in Seattle

Zach Thornton (ISIphotos.com)

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The Seattle Sounders needed a win at Qwest Field on Saturday to earn some security in the MLS playoff race before going on a rough three-game road trip. Chivas USA needed to stop that from happening, and succeeded.

Riding a standout performance by goalkeeper Zach Thornton, Chivas USA kept its unbeaten and unscored upone records against Seattle intact as the Sounders were forced to settle for a 0-0 tie on Saturday afternoon.

Thornton made five saves, most of which were from close range, to record his third shutout of the season against Seattle.

Seattle will now embark on a three-match road swing, traveling to New England, Columbus and Kansas City. Chivas USA has a much tougher road awaiting, with three of its next four at home against teams with losing records.

What did you think of the Seattle-Chivas USA match? Impressed with Thornton? Disappointed with Seattle's offense? Think either of these teams will miss the playoffs?

Share your thoughts below.

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  1. The resurgence of Zach Thornton, has kept the Chivas in the playoff hunt all season long! By all means he should win MLS Comeback Player of the year and MLS Goal Keeper of the year (No Knock to Keller). The Beast is back!

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  2. Thorton? He was washed up 5 years ago. Old fatso is easily 50 lbs heavier than ANY keeper in europe. Old molasses makes the best imitation of a dive after the ball has net the net 10 seconds earlier. He should be given a yellow card for siimulation. How this guy can remain in the MLS is a mystery and proves there are de facto kickbacks to GM’s and coaches. Although the original long legged MacDaddy pimpmaster remains one tony sanneh. this guy hasnt played in a real soccer game for 7 years yet he still gets paid!

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  3. Sounders did everything we but score, disappointing, but I can’t fault the effort. Thornton is keeper of the year (Keller isn’t tested enough to compete)

    With this crazy playoff format my prediction is 2 teams from the East, 6 from the West, with Sounders winning the Eastern Conference.

    (SBI-That could be the Sounders’ slogan this year. “We do everything but score.” If they could finish they’d have the best record in MLS.)

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  4. Isaac, I don’t think MLS asked to much. Celtic offered to little. We are we passed the point where we should take every little offer europe offers.

    BTW, Thornton reminds me of that Kung Fo Panda from the movie.

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  5. I am Red Bulls fan but I found myself watching the 2nd half at FoxSports Espanol & rooting for Seattle (Hope we can duplicate the fan experience at RB park next year). Wasn’t a pretty game but it was emotional game. After Chivas got down to 10 men I thought Seattle would score. Good luck next time. Their fans deserve it.

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  6. Sacha is still not in good form. He is playing better, however. Our coach is the weakest link to the playoff equation. Preki, is constantly changing the line up, injuries are a big reason, but sometimes he seems to make changes for the sake of changes.

    Anytime your goalkeeper is your best player, that’s not a good thing.

    Last year, The Union Ultras used to sing the Fat Albert theme song to piss him off. Now, we yell Deebo!!!

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  7. harry, the reason he didn’t do well was because MLS screwed up his transfer to Celtic. He was looking forward to being in a foreign country with great players, great managers watching him, and being a millionaire, but instead, MLS asked too much for him and he landed back in the HDC.

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  8. Thorton’s got to be an MVP candidate. He’s been making spectacular save after spectacular save all year. He hasn’t benefited from as good back line play as the likes of Keller and Onstad have.

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  9. If Kjlestan has been good than……..my eyes were shut………he has been ok/sub-par still. Kjlestan was never out of form he never had a season long injury or on the bench for a year picking up rust, we just hyped him up after the sweden “D” game and it back-fired with his give-aways in the Confederations Cup.

    And Seattle you need to make the MLS cup so we can Sell that baby out In SEATTLE…you were up a man, you have two more games played than Chivas and the Chivas Foward was slow.so please tell me for the last 15 Minutes why your back-line was still far back? You gotta jump in their and win-it..the play-offs are on the line and so is a Sell-out MLS Cup.

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  10. I think Sigi doesn’t know what to do. Start Jaqua, no goals, start Le Toux, no goals. He has no third option. Jarrod Smith is injured. He tried to mix it up today with Lundberg up front, but that wastes his effort on defense and distributing. Plus, Vagenas is no-good more often than not. But again, what are our options? Brad Evans really has not been stepping up.

    I thought Zakuani had a piss-poor game and yet they gave him MOTM. Baffling. Zak seems to be one-dimensional, always waiting for the over-the-top long ball. He doesn’t check back enough or vary his runs. Any defense can close that down and Chivas largely did today which is why Sigi had him moving back and forth from left to right mid. I’ll hand it to Sigi for trying to mix it up, but there is still no obvious solution to our goal-scoring funk.

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  11. Soccerinatl
    Montero did make the All Star team

    On a related note, I was pretty impressed with the way Montero battled to hold the ball up on some of those long balls. I just wish he would stop hanging out by the keeper while the keeper has control of the ball. There were lots of times where the midfield wanted to pass the ball forward, but, Montero was 20 yards offsides.

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  12. I agree Montero played reasonably well given how much attention the Chivas defense gave him . They were playing him extremely physically and he kept playing through it. That’s a positive sign.

    On the flip side Le Toux played horribly today. He doesn’t seem to have a good enough touch to start in the midfield. He does well as a 70th minute sub when the defense is tired and his workrate makes up for the lack of touch but the team doesn’t move the ball in the midfield well with him in.

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  13. Oh boy, now the Adu lovers are trying to stick him on my Sounders.

    One thing the Sounders don’t need is another central midfielder. Goal-scorers only, please.

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  14. This game surely offered more than the Colorado San Jose kickball tournament on yesterday. That said seattle looked far more dangerous putting in crosses from the outside but freddie kept trying to force it up the throat. On a side note it is ironic that both soccer players who moonlight as underwear models ended up in the mls in beckham and freddie l. Anyways it was a shame that montero didn’t make the all star team. He definitely is quality and holds up better than Casey and maybe as good as ching for a guy half their size.

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  15. Yeah, the lack of any goals at home is getting to be a bit much. As far as trying things on the ground, I think its an issue. Hard and low. His saves were great, but Seattle didn’t do themselves any favors by shooting directly at Thornton every time.

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  16. as a crew fan at this game i didnt care who won because both team’s will eventually crumble when they face the defending champs but Thornton was a beast. Those shots were all point blank! Gotta feel for the seattle fans though who are begging to see a sounders goal at home. If it happens in their home finale qwest field will explode.

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  17. Yo Ives just wanted to say that i love when you engage in the conversation through the comments. It makes for a more intriguing environment although the commentators on this site are already great.

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  18. You know what I just thought about? If Freddy Adu came back to MLS and played for Seattle. That’d be an amazing transfer, and it would only pack the stands more for Seattle. Of course, things have to not work at Belenses for Adu to come but it’s not completely far fetched….

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  19. Good effort by Sounders, great game by Zach Thorton. Not to take anything away from Zach but its much more difficult for a big man to get down than to reach up, yet Sounders tried over and over to beat him high. I wonder if Sigi’s staff overlooked that in practice?

    I bet they did.

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  20. always good to see someone who wasnt really regarded so highly in the past make a name for himself as a big player.

    hes so big that everytime i see him do something acrobatic, its amazing. like peter crouch going up for a bicycle kick or something

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  21. I have to say that Zach never impressed me in the past, but this was one of the best performances I have seen recently from a MLS goalkeeper. He single handedly kept Chivas in the game.

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  22. (SBI-Kljestan has actually been good for them the past month to six weeks, looking more like the old Kljestan. That said, I don’t see them making MLS Cup.)

    Yeah, there were some flashes this game with some clever touches. However, if Kljestan does somewhat pick it up before the end of the season, do you think he could get one last look from Bradley? Maybe enough to merit a January look or something of that matter? His midfield-maestro style of play was great when he was in form.

    (SBI-I think he’s going to have to wait until January. There are too many other players in the mix right now, such as Feilhaber and Torres, with Holden another option.)

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  23. Did my comment get deleted? Sure maybe not super insightful, but I didn’t write anything inflammatory.

    (SBI-Patience, Stan, Patience.

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  24. Its frustrating that the Sounders are having such a tough time finding the net at home. I really don’t think Chivas tested Keller, but you have to take your hat off to them, they came in seeking a road point and got it. With their recent form, some road games for SSFC might be a really good thing.

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  25. @Isaac

    They’ve been able to put together a pretty solid season with an out of form Sacha Kljestan so I don’t see why they couldn’t make a run in the playoffs.

    Being a G’s fan, I’m really hoping for a Super Clasico matchup in the playoffs…maybe even a first round home & home series. Those games would be ridiculous.

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  26. Ives, do you think Chivas USA really has any chance of going deep in the MLS playoffs with an out of form Sacha Kljestan?

    (SBI-Kljestan has actually been good for them the past month to six weeks, looking more like the old Kljestan. That said, I don’t see them making MLS Cup.)

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  27. Is this really a tougher road “Chivas USA has a much tougher road awaiting, with three of its next four at home against teams with losing records.”? Sounds like what I would want down the playoff stretch.

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