SEATTLE (AP) — Lamar Neagle scored off of a free kick by Marc Burch midway through the first half to lead the surging Seattle Sounders to their sixth win in seven matches, 1-0 over Chivas USA on Wednesday night.
The Sounders (13-8-4) won their third straight and climbed into a tie with Los Angeles for second place in the Western Conference. Seattle is five points behind league-leading Real Salt Lake, with three games in hand.
"I've had chances here and there, even playing left back," said Neagle, whose goal was his sixth of the season and first since July 28. "It's one of those things that has been coming. Even in training, I've been trying to work on finishing as much as possible.
"When it came down to it, we got one, and that's all we needed with the shutouts we've been getting."
It was the Sounders' fourth straight goal in the last four games scored off of a free kick.
"We felt it was important for Lamar to do well," Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. "We also felt we've been very good in set pieces and free kicks lately. We said that's something we want to try to take advantage of, and we did again."
Chivas (5-15-7) had its road winless streak extended to 12 (0-9-3).
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