Major League Soccer is touting the Seattle Sounders and the LA Galaxy as the two best teams in MLS since 2009. They even made an infographic to highlight our collective feats. It is always hard to predict the outcome of a match against the Galaxy. But as Dave previewed this morning, the Galaxy that showed up for these first five matches is not the Galaxy of the past.
However, we know Robbie Keane can score; he has found the back of the net four times against the Sounders. We know the Sounders are still working to find cohesion along the back line. We know it will be a battle.
Let's take a look at the data we have for the season and see what it tells us about this year's Galaxy team.
Sounders at LA: Must Read
Gonzalo Pineda is out for the Sounders after earning a red card last match. For the Galaxy, Leonardo (quad strain), Jose Villarreal (hamstring), and Kenney Walker (groin) are questionable. It looks like Villarreal will be ready for the match.
The Galaxy have been shut out in back-to-back league matches for the first time since the 2012 season. In fact, they have not scored for 267 minutes. How about we keep that streak going?
Scoreless streak watch for the weekend’s MLS games: Rapids - 360 minutes Galaxy - 267 minutes Houston - 259 minutes NYCFC - 186 minutes— Dan Dickinson (@GothamistDan) April 10, 2015
The Sounders take 7.5 shots per game, compared to the Galaxy's 11.6 per game. That is a pretty significant gap, although we know the Sounders are good for more than 7.5 shots this weekend. Despite the small number of shots for the Sounders (the lowest in the league), they have the highest shot accuracy rate in the league, at 58%.
Onto the infographic! What are your predictions for Sunday?