A burst of Seattle offense and a moment of Chivas USA ineptitude combined Saturday to give Seattle Sounders FC a 2-0 Major League Soccer win at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
The Sounders helped themselves in the 22nd minute, when designated player Obafemi Martins broke free in the penalty area and calmly chipped in a goal over Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.
However, the scoring ended with an embarrassing error by Chivas defender Mario de Luna, who headed in an own goal in the 33rd minute.
Seattle (5-4-3) coasted to victory from there, but the win could come at significant cost.
MLS Best XI midfielder Osvaldo Alonso – who returned after recovering from a groin injury – left the game in the 22nd minute after suffering a thigh injury.
Then, in the 72nd minute, referee Ricardo Salazar showed Martins a red card after Martins became tangled with Chivas’ Gabriel Farfan and Martins’ foot appeared to contact Farfan’s head as the two went to the ground.
Unless the red card is rescinded, Martins will miss Seattle’s next MLS match, Saturday against Vancouver.