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National TV really likes Sounders FC here at the tail end of the season. Tonight NBC Sports Network is carrying Seattle versus LA at 7:30 PM Pacific in a key Western Conference contest. Seattle enters the match with a magic number for the Supporters' Shield of just 15 with seven games to play.

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For Seattle Sounders FC to pickup points in LA without Clint Dempsey on the road is going to be a challenge. The deep multi-headed attack should be able to cope though. Bruce Arena's LA Galaxy offense will be focused on getting Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane the ball with the opportunity to create. LA also has a history of going down a bit easily in the box, so more care than usual should be given in the area.

Seattle hasn't been shutout in 10 matches and LA's last home loss was their last home game. This is not impossible, merely difficult. The Galaxy are particularly weak in the final 15 minutes of matches when they have given up 18 goals this season. They are at +0 in the final 30 minutes while Seattle is a stronger +8 in that same period. Sigi Schmid's subs could be all the difference, even though the focus will be on the Hydra and the Stars.

TV: NBC Sports (Strong/Martino)
Radio: 97.3 FM (Fletcher/Keller)
Spanish Radio: La Gran D 99.3 FM (Aleman/Hernandez)

Referee: REFEREE: Silviu Petrescu - MLS Career: 72 games; FC/gm: 27.7; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 9; pens: 10
AR1 (bench): Ian Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Jonathan Johnson; 4th: Baldomero Toledo

Disabled List: SEA: Josh Ford
Injury Report:
SEA: OUT: Bates (R knee), Dempsey (hamstring), Ford (R patella fracture), Joseph (R knee sprain), Questionable: Evans (l calf strain), Hahnemann (R knee injury), Zakuani (athletic pubalgia)
LAG: Out: DeLaGarza (Left Elbow Dislocation), Rogers (Left Hamstring Strain) Questionable: Donovan (Left Ankle Sprain)

Suspended: None
Suspended next yellow card: SEA: Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Djimi Traore | LAG: Juninho
Suspended next two yellow cards: Zach Scott, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Adam Moffat | LAG: A.J. DeLaGarza, Marcelo Sarvas, Sean Franklin

International Absences: None

Tactical Keys

  • No Penalties
  • Use the Hydra
  • Control Service

Player Matchups

  • Osvaldo Alonso v Landon Donovan
  • Mauro Rosales v Todd Dunivant
  • Centerbacks v Robbie Keane

How We're Watching
Scarf: Enemy's Goal Is Down
Kit: You Will Hear Us shirt
Where I'm Watching: Berliner Pub, Renton

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