Coming into Saturday's game against the Seattle Sounders, Chivas USA had a bit of a question mark at goalkeeper.
Zach Thornton was coming off an ankle injury suffered against the Kansas City Wizards on July 10.
But Thornton rose to the ocassion, helping Chivas USA tie the Sounders, 0-0, at the Home Depot Center.
Before Saturday, Chivas USA had defeated the Sounders twice and played them to a scoreless tie. Chivas USA Coach Martin Vasquez said he was impressed with Thornton's return.
"He came up big," Vasquez said.
Any uneasiness on the Chivas USA bench regarding Thornton's health probably went away early when he made an athletic dive to block a shot.
Thornton and Sounders forward Fredy Montero bumped heads while vying for a free kick from Sounders midfielder Nathan Sturgis in the first half. The veteran goalkeeper went down holding his head but quickly sat up.