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Seattle Sounders At Los Angeles Galaxy - Gamethread

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What's in team form? Is it 4 wins in six games without a loss? Or ten games without a loss? Or is form getting 64 points in last 34 with a +18 goal differential? Either way, that's the Seattle Sounders right now. This team isn't just hot now. It has been hot for quite some time. Despite changes scattered throughout the standard XI and substitution pattern, Sigi Schmid's squad has been as good in 34 matches as FC Dallas (current PPM leader) is pacing in its half season. They've been doing it with variety as seven players have two or more goals in MLS play, 13 have at least one goal. And they have certainly been doing it with solid defense, averaging less than a goal a game. But there has been one team who has Seattle's number (Seattle 1-3-1 in MLS, 2-3-1 overall), and in what seems to be a 4th of July tradition they face the Los Angeles Galaxy again.

David Beckham (1 Goal, 7 Assists) will almost certainly not be playing, either due to Posh giving birth today or a slightly fractured spine. Neither of those reasons is a joke. Yet, the Galaxy still are a great set-piece team with Landon Donovan (8 Goals, 1 Assist) being their fuel in all varieties of offense. The bigger loss for the Galaxy is probably Donovan Ricketts, who is out with a fractured arm, as well as backup keeper Josh Saunders due to suspension for a Red Card. Brian Perk, formerly of the Philadelphia Union prior to their great goalkeeping purge, will get his first ever MLS start. The 21-year old will be trying to stop the 5th best offense by Goal For per Match and is likely to lean heavily on the defensive core of Gonzalez, DeLaGarza, Franklin, Berhalter.

The game is on ESPN2 and 97.3 FM at 7:30 PM

Match Day Prep: Three Questions | Lineup Card | SBN-Seattle preview
Opposing Looks at LAGConfidential
Of note - Who is Brian Perk

Tactical Keys

  • Patience on Offense
  • Free Roaming Montero
  • Stop the Counter
  • Set-Play Defense

Player Matchups

  • Osvaldo Alonso v Landon Donovan
  • Fredy Montero v Omar Gonzalez
  • Jhon Kennedy Hurtado v Juan Pablo Angel

 

Statistics

 

Traditional Goals Assists Save % GAA
Galaxy Donovan (8) Beckham (7) Ricketts (80%) Ricketts (0.53)
Sounders Two (4) Two (4) Keller (75%) Keller (0.95)
Advanced PP90  Shot +/- Team Shot +/-  90 Team ShOG +/- 90
Galaxy Donovan (1.57) 0.47 0.53
Sounders Evans (0.81) 1.68 0.58

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