These are the teams that get rules invented for them. From Designated Players, to Homegrown Players, to multiple DPs, to loaning DPs to other teams, to owning USL teams the rules change when the LA Galaxy or Seattle Sounders need them to change.
ESPN is showing these two teams because they have the largest TV draw in American soccer. In a month this meeting would be so much more potent. Right now, it is almost certain to feed the narrative that the Galaxy are the best in the land. I hate that narrative. I hate the Galaxy. The only way to stop that storyline is to win. Please do so.
Tune in at 1 PM today on ESPN.
Referee: Jair Marrufo
MLS Career: 187 games; FC/gm: 23.4; Y/gm: 2.9; R: 35; pens: 54
AR1 (bench): Corey Rockwell; AR2 (opposite): Felisha Mariscal; 4th: Nima Saghafi
Suspended next yellow: SSFC: Alonso | LAG: Husidic
International Absence: None
Simple Injury Report
Disabled List: SSFC: Correaj, Craven | LAG: Perk
Galaxy OUT: None
Questionable: Husidic, Villareal, Dunivant
Sounders OUT: Gonzalez, Alonso, Martins
Questionable: Valdez (not injured, did travel)
Keys to Game:
- Absorb the pain
- No errors (5 Galaxy goals from penalty)
- Score early (Galaxy are slightly more goal prone in 1st half)
- Seriously, find a damn goal
How to Watch
Match date/time: Sunday 9 August at 1 PM
Venue: Stubhub Center, Carson, Southland
National TV: ESPN (Healey, Twellman, Gonzalez)
Radio: KIRO 97.3 FM (Fletcher, Keller)
Online: MLS Live
Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda)
How I'm watching
Kit: One Nation Under Sigi (Should this shirt be for sale again?)
Scarf: Enemy's Goal is Down
Where: The Berliner, Renton
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