The LA Galaxy defeated the Seattle Sounders FC 3-0 at CenturyLink Field in a rare Monday night matchup. LA kept the the league's best offense off the scoreboard and ended Seattle's six-match unbeaten streak.
Below is a short summary of the match and post-game reactions from both sides.
LA's Gyasi Zardes, Landon Donovan and Stefan Ishizaki recorded their tallies in the first half. Donovan also received credit for assists on the goals by Zardes and Ishizaki. Marcelo Sarvas played a role in setting up all three scores and notched two assists.
Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo's shutout was his third MLS clean sheet of the year and fourth overall.
Seattle played without the services of central defender Chad Marshall. He missed the match after being rear-ended in an accident on Saturday and was suffering from back spasms.
By the numbers
- The Galaxy's victory over their Western Conference rival gave them a 6-1-3 record in their last 10 matches.
- Seattle keeper Stefan Frei made a season-high seven saves on 17 shot attempts.
- The Sounders failed to put a single shot on target in the first half.
- LA stopper Jaime Penedo made four saves on 13 shot attempts to earn his third regular season shutout of the year, and fourth in all competitions.
They said it:
On the importance of the win over Seattle:
Landon Donovan, LA Galaxy Midfielder: "Let's not be so dramatic about it. It's just one win and when I look at the standings, Seattle are still far ahead, so we have a long way to go, but more than the win or the scoreline I think the way we played was important."
On LA's dominance:
Bruce Arena, Galaxy Head Coach: "We're just beginning to get our team on the field. After a half a season of misery, having to deal with the injuries and the absences and all that, hopefully we'll get a little bit more of a solidified unit."
Omar Gonzalez, Galaxy Defender: "We put a really good team performance today. I thought we didn't give them time to feel comfortable. I think that we put a lot of pressure, and we played our way. In the first half, we really played well. On the second goal, we must have strung together 20-25 passes before we got the goal. That's just beautiful when you're doing that."
Sigi Schmid, Sounders FC Head Coach: "They were a better team. Landon [Donovan] found space on DeAndre [Yedlin] on that side, but it wasn't just him. Every player found space; all of their players had too much space. We weren't tight enough. When you give a good player that much space, they are going to show how good they are."
Tristan Bowen, Sounders FC Forward: "I thought we were a bit lackadaisical in the first half for whatever reason. The LA Galaxy is a good team and they came out and pounced on us early on. They had a few chances and they put all of them away. I think we kind of shot ourselves in the foot today."
On the return of defender Omar Gonzalez:
Omar Gonzalez: "You know it's been maybe like three months since I've been out there and worn the Galaxy jersey with my teammates. So coming out here tonight in beautiful Seattle in front of so many fans, it's just a great feeling. Especially getting three points and doing it in the fashion that we did. It was just amazing."
Bruce Arena: "Omar hasn't played with us for three months so it was great to get him back on the field."
Landon Donovan: "When you have guys out or injured for a long time, it hurts. Getting Robbie Rogers back helped a lot; obviously having Omar back helps a lot. We were able to really do what we wanted to do, so it was very helpful."
On missing defender Chad Marshall:
Sigi Schmid: "It certainly hurt us. Chad got rear-ended on Saturday, so that's why we held him out of practice on Sunday. We thought he was feeling better today, then he sneezed this morning and his whole back [had spasms] so he couldn't play. Chad's a big part of our defense..."
Bruce Arena: "Everybody misses players. It's all part of it. He certainly is a good player. Would he have made a difference in the game? I don't know."