SEATTLE — For the first time this season, Seattle Sounders FC conceded the first goal of a game and came back to win.
The turnaround came at a fortunate time, turning what might have been the most disastrous result of the season into a 2-1 win over struggling Chivas USA (4-12-5).
Only 16 minutes into the match the Sounders looked up at the CenturyLink Field scoreboard and saw a 1-0 deficit glowing down at them. And they knew that was mostly their fault because their defense broke down, allowing forward Eric Torres to beat goalkeeper Andrew Weber.
Seattle (8-7-4) responded about seven minutes later when Obafemi Martins rolled a pass into the box, where Brad Evans equalized from about 15 yards.
When the halftime whistle blew, the Sounders had outshot the Goats, 10-2, but the score was even at 1-1.
Then Seattle opened the second half with a 10-minute rat-a-tat-tat of chances: a Marc Burch shot just wide, a cross into the box inches out of Martins’ reach, a Patrick Ianni header just over the bar, an Evans pass into the box just out of Lamar Neagle’s reach.
After all that, the Sounders finally broke through in the 56th minute. The sequence began with a Mauro Rosales pass to Martins, who returned it to Rosales, who touched it on to Neagle about 15 yards from the goal then the Jefferson High grad knocked home his fifth goal of the season.