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News, Notes and Quotes ahead of Leg 2 v LA Galaxy

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First let's look at the SBN-soccer preview of the match.

What we learned in Leg 1: Maybe the Galaxy won't be outrun by the Sounders? With Steve Zakuani and Sanna Nyassi on the wings, Fredy Montero up top and a couple rangey defensive midfielders, Seattle was supposed to be too fast for the lead-footed Galaxy. Los Angeles had been outrun several times this season and especially in the midfield, their lack of pace had been exposed during the regular season, but in the first leg the Galaxy shut down the Sounders' attack. Zakuani was held in check on the left all match, Nyassi had one of his worst matches ever on the right and Montero was ineffective. Los Angeles looked quicker all over the field and took away Seattle greatest asset.

Personally, I would be excited if LA runs out the same tactics. Despite Donovan Ricketts winning the Keeper of the Year award he showed potential for weakness, particularly on low shots. If Seattle continues to threaten as they did last week, I'm not terribly worried. Fifteen shots, 8 on goal and zero goals is an unexpected result. Seattle should have had one or two.

Sigi though expects LA to open up a little more.

It all depends what their approach is at home. Obviously our approach has to be somewhat similar as it was in Seattle in that we need and we need to score goals, which is what we wanted to do. We hope we have a little more good fortune than we had in Seattle. But as a game plan, I don’t expect the Galaxy to be that much different because they were successful with what they did in Seattle. But on the same token, being at home I think they will be a little bit more willing to go forward than they did in Seattle.

If the Galaxy do that it would put either, and maybe both, of Nyassi and Zakuani in one-on-ones rather than the framed action on the left or the traditional double on the right side. Neither side has incentive to see much in the way of tactical change though. The bunker and counter with Landon Donovan wide put Bruce Arena's side up by a goal, and while their home fans probably want to see a goal, they'd probably rather advance.

Coach Sigi points out that Seattle can't throw all their men forward and press for a goal, but instead they just need to finish those opportunities at their average rate.

It’s a situation of you want to attack in an appropriate manner. What I mean by that is we are definitely going to attack but on the same token we are not going to throw caution into the wind in minute one and go forward like you would go forward in minute 80. We feel confident in our ability to attack and we have addressed some of the issues that will help us play against a team that is maybe a little bit more defensive in orientation and hopefully that will work for us. At the end of the day, it all comes down to finishing our chances and we had chances in Seattle, we need to finish those. If we get the early goal like we were close to in Seattle then it opens the game up for us.

As we noted in the Match Card, Seattle is unlikely to have Jeff Parke available. The Coach is confident in his long time centerback Tyrone Marshall though.

Tyrone is fine. He is an experienced player. He is a player who has been in a lot of big games. It’s a situation where we went on a very good run with [Jeff] Parke and [Patrick] Ianni at center backs and they continued to play well. Tyrone was knocking on door but because of the success we were having there was no need to change. It wasn’t so much of Tyrone not playing well enough to get back on the field. It was just we continued to have success. I feel pretty confident in his abilities and I know he feels very confident in his abilities. He’s ready to play. I think the Champions League games he played for us in that stretch he played very well.

Tomorrow Night's 6 PM game is had some media movement. The first leg was so popular that ABC/ESPN sports have move the game from the Duece to full on ESPN. Due to Seahawks' post-game talk the radio call will be on 770 KTTH AM Seattle. Standard Spanish radio will occur in the Seattle area.

This nugget from www.twitter.com/arlowhite should give you some hope

Galaxy have lost 4 of their last 7 MLS home games, conceding 13 goals. They let in 26 goals in reg' season, 19 of them at home. Vulnerable?
That means as a rate stat that LA gives up as many goals at home as Seattle scores in a season.
Seattle's chances aren't strong right now, but San Jose just did it. Colorado has done it.
For those traveling, or having already traveled,  ECS is hosting an event at Kilkenny's Irish Pub in Redondo Beach this evening. If you are in the area go.
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