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Seattle Sounders at LA Galaxy, US Open Cup recap: Early lead squandered

Despite going up 1-0 in the 4th minute Sounders lose 4-2.

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With a lineup that indicated a prioritization on the MLS season the Seattle Sounders gave themselves a chance to win. Just four minutes into the game Micheal Farfan put Seattle up a goal. For the next 77 minutes it was a game that could go either way - it went the way of the LA Galaxy as Sebastian Lletget scored in the 85th and 88th minute.

The 2016 quest for the Open Cup ends with a 4-2 loss. Herculez Gomez scored his first competitive goal as an MLS Sounder.

That noble effort could not overcome significant errors in defense, mostly resting on the shoulders of Zach Scott.

Sigi Schmid took a risk with the lineup he started. Only Aaron Kovar had started more than 50% of the matches so far this season. Now, the Open Cup is lost, as is Kovar who had a significant injury to his shoulder in the 75th minute.

While the B, or C, team nearly pulled it off, they could not hang once Giovani Dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes entered. The match was close, and the later subs of Brad Evans and Jordan Morris were not enough to pull it back.

Seattle's chances at a trophy are down to making the MLS Cup Playoffs after an amazing run in the second half and during the second season. The CCL, USOC and Shield are now out of reach.

The year, in just July, only has a single trophy left.

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