Seattle Sounders FC earned its fifth straight Major league Soccer win with a 2-1 result vs. Chivas USA at Quest Field on Friday night.
The win also extended the second-year club's unbeaten run to six league fixtures.
Steve Zakuani got the game's first goal in the ninth minute when Seattle defender Jeff Parke won the ball in the midfield and played it forward to the speedy second-year pro. Zakuani then dribbled through the defense and goalkeeper Zach Thornton and deposited the ball into the back of the net for his 10th goal of the season.
Steady defensive midfielder Osvaldo Alonso got his first goal of the season in the 25th minute to give Seattle a comfortable 2-0 advantage. Alonso started the play by forcing a turnover before chipping a pass to Fredy Montero in the area. Montero then patiently drove at the defense before playing a ball to Zakuani, who was making an overlapping run. Zakuani then found Alonso n the middle of the area for a one-time shot that beat Thornton.
That was how the score stayed until second-half stoppage time when Jesus Padilla headed in a Rodolfo Espinoza service to break up the shutout bid.
Seattle closes out its regular season at Houston next Saturday, while Chivas USA has two games left. It travels to San Jose on Wednesday before ending its season at home vs. Chicago on Saturday.