GALAXY 2, SIREN 1: Kelyn Rowe took advantage of a perfect shot by Raúl Ruidíaz in the 53rd minute to cut the distance in half.
GALAXY 2, SIREN 0: Víctor Vázquez caught Stefan Frei off his line, scoring with a shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 42nd minute after a period in which the Sounders had been reasonably dominant.
GALAXY 1, SIREN 0: Chicharito Hernández put the Galaxy on the board in the 10th minute, picking up a pass in the box and easily past Stefan Frei. It is the seventh time in 10 games that the Sounders have conceded the first goal.
LINEUPS: The Sounders returned to a three-back formation for the first time since July 13, but will field a 3-5-2 for the first time this year. The move was necessitated by an injury to Cristian Roldan, who was effectively replaced in the lineup by Kelyn Rowe.
There are nine games left in the 2022 regular season. The Seattle Sounders sit in 10th place in the Western Conference but just one point short of a playoff spot and can jump as high as sixth with a win over the LA Galaxy tonight. That’s been a vaguely familiar story for several weeks now and will probably continue to be so for weeks to come.
This Galaxy game carries additional importance because it is one of the teams that the Sounders will fight for these final playoff spots. Like the Sounders, the Galaxy have struggled in recent weeks (although they are coming off a resounding win over the Whitecaps). The Galaxy are 2-5-0 in their last seven and 3-6-1 in their last 10. That’s one point more than the Sounders in their last 10.
The Galaxy’s biggest problem has been on the defensive end, where they have conceded 19 goals in this stretch of 10 games. They have also given up at least two goals in half of those games and at least three in four of them.
Their struggles have been almost a mirror image of the Sounders, who have only allowed as many as three goals once during this 10-game streak but have been limited to just nine goals scored.
- The Sounders have a nine-game unbeaten streak against the Galaxy (5-0-3) dating back to 2018 and including a 3-2 victory earlier this year. The Sounders have gone 2-0-3 on the road during that stretch.
- That overlaps almost perfectly with Raúl Ruidíaz’s time with the Sounders, which includes eight goals in eight career appearances against the Galaxy.
- The Galaxy are coming off a 5-2 victory over the Whitecaps on Saturday. It included his first four-goal half since 2016.
- The Galaxy substitutes have 24 goal contributions this year (10 goals, 14 assists), with Dejan Jovelic leading the way (6 goals, 3 assists).
UNDER: Jorge Villafaña (Season-End IL), Jonathan Pérez (Knee), Derrick Williams (Personal Reasons)
OUT: João Paulo (R ACL Tear); Andrew Thomas (lower back stress fracture); Obed Vargas (Lower Back Stress Fracture)
Referee: Victor Rivas; Assistant referees: Jeffrey Greeson, Cameron Blanchard; 4th Referee: Brandon Stevis; VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero; VAR Assistant: Jeff Muschik
Date/Start of the match weather: Friday, 7:08 p.m.
Event: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California.
online transmission: ESPN+ (affiliate link, off the market), FuboTV (affiliate link)
English national television: ESPN (Jon Champion and Taylor Twellman)
local radios: 93.3 KJR-FM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Costigan, Keller)
bassCTo Spanishh Radio: The King 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Spanish National Television: ESPN Sports
Australia and New Zealand: beIN Sports Australia
Australia and New Zealand: ESPN Australia
Balkans: Arena Sport
Brazil: ESPN Brazil
China: China Sports Media
China (Closed Circuit TV): Star Sports
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain: DAZN (Europe)
Latin America: ESPN Latin America
Middle East and North Africa: Abu Dhabi Sports
Netherlands: ESPN Netherlands
Nova Sport (Czech Republic): Czech Republic and Slovakia
Southeast Asia: beIN Sports Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa: ESPN Africa
Turkey and Azerbaijan: Saran Sport
Ukraine: Soccer 1
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