The Seattle Sounders Defeat LA Galaxy 4-2

Written By: Robert Henry
(Carson, California) Sunday, September the 25th the LA Galaxy faced off against the Seattle Sounders. As it got closer to the start of the match, the temperature reached 97 degrees of pure dry heat.  This heat caused 3 hydration breaks throughout the match.  Some might say that the heat was the cause for the loss today, but if you watched the match, you would know that just wasn’t the case.  The Seattle Sounders FC proved to be a tough team that seemed to mesh better with each other than the LA Galaxy. Galaxy appeared to have a lack of communication early on, which could be the reason they lost 4-2.

The LA Galaxy did a decent job at defending but it seemed that Robbie Keane was having some issues communicating with fellow players. In the first half, we saw Galaxy take a total of 9 shots, with 6 being on target.  Most of those shots came from Giovani dos Santos with 6 but only 3 on target.  Entering the 6th minute of play  Keane and company seemed to be on the right track but he missed his shot attempt.  Later on, about 14 minutes later to be exact, Keane took a shot at the goal to put the Galaxy up 1-0 in the 16th minute.

Jordan Morris of the Seattle Sounders was a standout player in the match.  In the 31st minute, we see Morris take a great shot on target, but it was blocked by the Galaxy goalie Brian Rowe.  Right after this shot was blocked Dos Santos got a breakaway play and made an attempt to score but went just high of the goal.  Early in the 34th minute of play, we saw a corner kick come from the Sounders, which resulted in Jelle Van Damme heading the ball in for an own goal.  This goal tied up the match and seemed to put a fire underneath the Sounders team.

It was not until the second half of play that we got to see LA Galaxy Landon Donovan, Steven Gerrard, and Alan Gordon enter the match.  Jordan Morris with the Sounders help scored a critical goal in the 62nd minute to put them up by one over the Galaxy.  With Donovan entering the match at the 66th minute the Galaxy was hoping to turn the match around.  The 70th minute comes up, and Donovan has the ball.  He dodged defenders and then went to try to score, but his shot went wide left, missing the goal. Morris again came striking at the goal and in the 73rd minute, he scored a beautiful shot on goalie Brian Rowe.  This goal gave the Sounders a commanding lead of 3-1 with less than 20 minutes of play left.

Later on, in the 77th minute, Sounders player Osvaldo Alonso made another goal on Rowe putting the Galaxy behind 4-1, making any effort for a comeback nearly impossible.  In the 84th minute the Sounders, giving the Galaxy’s Robbie Keane a chance to close the gap, committed a penalty in the box. Keane nailed the free kick attempt, putting the score to 4-2.  That would be the last score of the game but Steven Gerrard was still determined but got just under the ball too much sending the ball into the stands.

This game was a hard one for not only the Sounders and Galaxy but for the referees as well.  This game was very physical with lots of pushing and shoving as well as some great tackles and bad ones.  Although the Seattle Sounders FC took the win, the Los Angeles Galaxy coach felt that they played a great game.  The Galaxy gave it their all and so did the Sounders. Proving to the rest of the MLS that the Sounders are still a tough team to beat in this league.  Even though the season is near an end, the Sounders are trying to get a playoff berth.  While the Sounders are chasing they just made the chase for the Galaxy a little harder for them.  With a win Sunday, they would have been positioning themselves for a clinched position for the playoffs.

LA Galaxy will face FC Dallas Saturday, October 1, 6:00 PM PT Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. This match will live on MLS Live.

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