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Sounders trail Galaxy by lone Marcelo Sarvas goal

Seattle's only chance at their first trip to MLS Cup is with a win on Sunday the 30th.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

LA enters leg two with a single goal lead. The leg one loss lies in a single deflected shot to get past a dominant Stefan Frei. That Marcelo Sarvas shot forces Seattle to go for a win next week.

At the beginning of the match word came that not only would Osvaldo Alonso not start, but that Lamar Neagle stayed home to deal with a personal matter. That forced two lineup changes with Michael Azira and Marco Pappa starting.

The first half went up and down, with each team pressing for early goals. Seattle's best chance was snuffed by Penedo.

In the second half both sides slowed down quite a bit. LA continued to dominate possession. In single fateful sequence Sarvas changed the nature of the game. Later, he would leave with a significant injury reported as an IT band injury.

Seattle may have Alonso back on Sunday. Neagle is expected back.

The Sounders showed that they could attack the Galaxy, but in several times they would attempt to attack goal with just Martins and Dempsey against five or more LA players. That is not a path to success against a team of Los Angeles' quality.

A one-goal loss is not impossible, and considering Seattle's history in 2nd legs at home it is possible. It will not be easy.

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