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Sounders at LA Galaxy, recap: Road point bolsters playoff position

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Seattle now unbeaten in last six matches

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at Los Angeles Galaxy Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

A slogging chess match for most of the game, the Seattle Sounders were given the opportunity to play 11 v. 10 for the final few minutes when Jelle Van Damme cleared through Nicolas Lodeiro. It was Van Damme’s second yellow of the night. Seattle could not take advantage of the weakened LA Galaxy, though, and settled for a 0-0 draw. It did allow them to extend their unbeaten streak to six games and move to even on points with fourth-place Portland.

The Sounders’ best chance to find the winner came in the 70th minute when Nicolas Lodeiro put Will Bruin into the right channel. That left Clint Dempsey unmarked near the penalty spot, but Bruin’s cross was poor and the chance went wanting.

Dempsey started the match after only subbing on for his last two Gold Cup games. Jordan Morris was held in reserve for a late attacking substitution. Brad Evans started on the bench due with Dempsey starting.

Frei; Nouhou, Marshall, Torres, Leerdam; Roldan, Svensson; Jones, Dempsey, Lodeiro; Bruin.

In the first half the Sounders ceded possession, attempting to strike on the counter. That route did not work, but they also didn’t permit LA to threaten with all but one of their shots in the first 45’ coming from distance.

Dempsey had the best chance in the first half, but his bicycle came after the whistle for offside. Brian Rowe also stopped it rather easy.

The second half was more about Seattle possession on the road. It created shots, and like the Galaxy in the first half many were from distance and off target. Both teams were often passive, willing to let the other side attack, but those attacks featured too few numbers to generate quality.

For Seattle that changed when Morris entered for Nouhou at 66’. In his 24 minutes, Morris started play as the left wing and ended as a forward when Evans entered for Will Bruin (80’). Jordan got off just two shots — tied for the most he’s had in any of his previous eight MLS games — but opened space for his teammates while causing LA to adjust.

Galaxy were foul heavy and reckless on the evening, earning five yellows by four players. Only Joevin Jones saw yellow for Seattle. The Discipline Committee may review Jermaine Jones’ yellow, a scissor tackle from behind near the end of the first half. They will also review Giovanni dos Santos attempting to slap the ball into the goal in the 64th minute. While the foul was awarded, he clearly intentionally handled the ball while trying to score a goal.

The nil-nil draw means that Sounders FC haven’t lost to LA in four games. It also means that Sigi Schmid ended the Galaxy’s losing five-game losing streak.

Seattle’s next game is at Minnesota at 5 PM Pacific on August 5.