CHIVAS USA: Goats' finish with aplomb

Chivas USA officially wrapped up its season Sunday morning, and it was one of the high points of the campaign.

The Goats, with a mixture of regulars, second-choice players, Academy kids, guests and an assistant coach with a rocket leg, rallied from a three-goal deficit for a 3-3 MLS Reserve League draw with the Seattle Sounders.

Assistant coach Greg Vanney, a former U.S. national-teamer, netted the equalizer with a free kick from outside the box in the 88th minute.

Victor Estupiñan and Academy player Ben Spencer also tallied for the Goats (3-3-4), who finish third in the West Division of Major League Soccer's second competition. Seattle (8-1-1) won the divisonal title.

Seattle was ahead by two goals by the fourth minute -- Pat Noonan scoring in the second minute, Lamar Neagle following two minutes later -- and made it 3-0, courtesy of Noonan, 10 minutes later.

French trialist Nicolas Dieuze played the full 90 for Chivas, and veteran defender Nelson Akwari, who played this season for the L.A. Blues in the third-tier USL Pro league, was a halftime substitute for the Goats.


Home Depot Center Field 5 (Carson)

Chivas USA 3, Seattle Sounders 3

S -- Pat Noonan (Mike Seamon) 2

S -- Lamar Neagle (Mike Seamon) 4

S -- Pat Noonan (Michael Tetteh) 14

C -- Victor Estupiñan (Nicolas Dieuze) 31

C -- Ben Spencer (Marki Delgado) 42

C -- Greg Vanney 88

Chivas USA: Sergio Arias; Mariano Trujillo, Andrew Boyens (Nelson Akwari, 46), Greg Vanney, Jorge Flores; Michael Lahoud, Nicolas Dieuze, Victor Estupiñan, Marki Delgado (Erik Gonzalez, 67); Ben Spencer (Pablo Sandoval, 73), Chris Cortez (Pablo Cruz, 57). Unused subs: Zach Thornton.

Seattle Sounders: Bryan Meredith; Zach Scott (Manny Guzman, 73), Patrick Ianni, Taylor Graham, Tyson Wahl; Lamar Neagle (Sammy Ochoa, 46), Erik Friberg (Will Lopez, 58), Michael Seamon, Michael Tetteh; David Estrada, Pat Noonan.

Yellow cards: None.

Referee: Daniel Radford.