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Seattle heads to the Southland trying to earn three points and 3rd overall in MLS in their final regular season match. ESPN has Sunday's match at 6 PM Pacific.

Otto Greule Jr

In 2010 and 2011 the LA Galaxy were a team that dominated the Seattle Sounders. That is no longer true. This season the Sounders are 2-0-0 +6 GD against the SoCal side and due to scattered injuries and the result bearing no meaning for LA that should continue Sunday night in the 6 PM ESPN match.

The Galaxy's defensive structure is such that Eddie Johnson should have plenty of opportunities. Sigi Schmid's side will get a pre-playoffs test at defending the counter, as this is LA's most common method of attack. There's also the little matter of David Beckham, who can still change games with a single touch.

It may be the least important match of the last month and certainly of the next month, but it there are still three points for the taking.

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OFFICIALS

Referee: Kevin Stott - MLS Career: 231 games; FC/gm: 25.5; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 59; pens: 48
AR1 (bench): Craig Lowry; AR2 (opposite): Frank Anderson; 4th: Daniel Radford

Fined Next Yellow: LA: A.J. DeLaGarza SEA: Fredy Montero, Zach Scott, Christian Tiffert

Note: Only Red Cards will carry into the MLS Cup Playoffs

INJURY REPORT (Friday)

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC -- OUT: FW Sodade (R knee ACL tear); DF Duran (L ACL surgery); DOUBTFUL: DF Gonzalez (R hamstring strain); DF Ianni (R calf strain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Rose (L adductor strain)

LA GALAXY -- OUT: DF DeLaGarza (L knee sprain); DF (R knee inflammation); DF Lopes (L facial fracture); MF Nakazawa (back spasms); QUESTIONABLE: MF Beckham (L ankle soreness); MF Donovan (L knee bone bruise)

Note: Beckham and Donovan are expected to play, but how many minutes is a question.

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