It was supposed to be a celebration of Landon Donovan. It could have been Seattle Sounders FC winning the Supporters' Shield. Instead it was a hotly contested match with seven yellows and four goals. One of those yellows will matter more for the future contest between the LA Galaxy and the Sounders than the 2-2 draw. Omar Gonzalez earned two cautions and was sent off in the 88th minute.
The match took place in waves. At first it was Seattle absorbing, then LA had to push back. The engaging first half saw Donovan miss his best chance as he hit the crossbar. Obafemi Martins too threatened and did not finish. Baggio Husidic ruined the planned halftime speeches when he drove home a shot from distance in the 1st minute of added time. It was Brad Evans clearance to the center of the pitch that gave Husidic the shot.
A mere five minutes into the second half forced Seattle to think the worst. Marcelo Sarvas took another poor clearance and drove it home.
Sounders FC would be need to force the action. They did. Taking it to the Galaxy through Obafemi and Clint Dempsey proved problematic for the Galaxy. DeAndre Yedlin started attacking more often and his pass to Oba was flicked to Clint. Two-one became the most dangerous lead for the Galaxy.
Like waves on the shore Seattle's second half attack mounted much stronger pressure in the final 20 minutes. Oba proved too much to handle and his second assist on the night was on a strong Lamar Neagle finish.
Two-two and life.
None of the late action for either side was effective as earlier in the game. With two subs for each side the more open play came because at first both teams wanted the win. LA eventually started to play for the tie. Harsher tackles would be their downfall and give Sounders FC the advantage for the upcoming match on Saturday.
Omar Gonzalez went to ground with both feet and studs up. He earned his second yellow. The Rave Green would not take advantage in the few minutes left in the game. It ended two-two with hopes for a Shield.