Juan Agudelo returned to Los Angeles only a day prior but still managed to score his first Chivas USA goal in the draw with Seattle.A re-tooled Chivas USA shared the spoils Saturday in a 1-1 draw against the undermanned Seattle Sounders.
Juan Agudelo opened the scoring in the 57th minute when he headed in a cross from former Sounder James Riley for his first goal with the club. But the lead was short-lived, as David Estrada equalized for the visitors in the 61st minute when he snuck behind the Chivas defense and scored past keeper Dan Kennedy.
Seattle enjoyed several chances late in the game after the introduction of striker Eddie Johnson, but was unable to finish.
The first half ended scoreless after both sides missed chances in front of goal. Seattle was particularly wasteful, with a 42nd minute breakaway and square pass by Fredy Montero snuffed out by Kennedy. Four minutes later, Mauro Rosales should have scored when a deflection fell to him with the goalmouth gaping, but his shot went wide.
Chivas dominated possession in the first half and enjoyed a seven to two advantage in corner kicks, but chances didn't convert into goals.
Agudelo put Chivas ahead in the 57th when he rose and headed a well-struck, curling James Riley cross past Seattle keeper Bryan Meredith. Four minutes later, Sounders forward David Estrada crept behind a ball-watching John Valencia to equalize.
Valencia kicked a water bottle in frustration after being substituted in the 66th minute for Rauwshan McKenzie.
The game marked the return of Agudelo to Chivas after missing the club’s midweek game against New York Red Bulls on national team duty. Agudelo did not make the final 23-man roster for the national team’s upcoming friendlies and World Cup qualifiers, and he returned to Los Angeles onFriday.
Seattle midfielder Osvaldo Alonso was absent due to suspension. Alonso was suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLS for a reckless challenge in the Sounders’ midweek game against Columbus.
The announced attendance was 12,285.
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