FINAL: Behind goals from four different players — plus an own-goal — the Seattle Sounders rolled to their franchise-record sixth straight victory and at least temporarily pulled even with Real Salt Lake for the final playoff spot. The 5-0 win over the LA Galaxy on Saturday also tied a franchise record for largest goal-difference.
The win also pulled the Sounders to within one point of the fourth-place Galaxy, while having two games in hand.
SOUNDERS 5, GALAXY 0: For all the scoring the Sounders had done, it somehow didn’t seem right that Raúl Ruidíaz hadn’t gotten in on the fun yet. He fixed that in the 67th minute. Ruidíaz stole an errant pass near midfield, then took it himself before finishing with his left foot to beat David Bingham to the far post.
Just so easy. Ruidiaz puts Seattle up 5-0. pic.twitter.com/SN7xkeqzUV— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) August 18, 2018
SOUNDERS 4, GALAXY 0: It’s officially a rout. Cristian Roldan calmly redirected a Harry Shipp pass from about eight yards out to make it 4-0 in the 59th minute.
SOUNDERS 3, GALAXY 0: Nicolas Lodeiro is so hot right now, he’s even got the opposing team scoring goals for him. The Sounders midfielder first juked a defender off his feet then put in a centering pass to Raúl Ruidíaz. But before Ruidíaz could put it away, Servando Carrasco put in the back of his own net.
Nico really did it to them. 3-0 Sounders pic.twitter.com/ptPrENoLdQ— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) August 18, 2018
SOUNDERS 2, GALAXY 0: Harry Shipp gave the Sounders their second goal when Gustav Svensson found him with a one-touch pass all alone at the top of the Galaxy penalty area. Shipp was left unmarked when Svensson pounced on an errant Galaxy pass. Shipp took a touch to control and then beat David Bingham inside the near post.
Not the best passing from LAG..... Shipp makes it 2-0 pic.twitter.com/UmqQCgVWq7— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) August 18, 2018
SOUNDERS 1, GALAXY 0: Chad Marshall has the Sounders off to a dream start, putting away a Nicolas Lodeiro cross in the 4th minute. It is Marshall’s second goal in as many games and his third of the season. Lodeiro now has a goal or an assist in four straight and six goals and six assists in the 13 games since being cup for Uruguay’s World Cup team.
Double marked and still scored. Great stuff from Marshall. Seattle 1-0 pic.twitter.com/ZR0FHPBR6s— Sounder At Heart (@sounderatheart) August 18, 2018
LINEUPS: The only change to the Sounders’ starting lineup from a week ago is the insertion of Nouhou for the injured Brad Smith. Otherwise this is effectively the same lineup Brian Schmetzer has deployed in each of the past three games, all wins.
The Galaxy counter with a bit of a makeshift lineup that Sigi Schmid is at least calling a 3-4-1-2 that will likely play as more of a 5-3-1 with Sebastian Lletget in the No. 10 role and Emanuel Boateng and Ola Kamara as forwards.
Since the Seattle Sounders started their 8-match unbeaten run (20 points earned, +8 goal differential), the LA Galaxy earned the third most points. Their recent form isn’t as strong. The Galaxy have just 6 points in their last five games, giving up more than two goals a game while scoring the same, but their top attackers are all out for this match.
Brian Schmetzer will be down Morris and Dempsey with the rest of the roster being possible for the gameday 18.
Absences: Injury, international duty and suspension
Seattle: Jordan Morris remains out. Handwalla Bwana, Clint Dempsey and Brad Smith are questionable.
Galaxy: Didn’t provide an official injury report, but they’ve got a significant injury list. Rolf Feltscher (shoulder surgery), Romain Alessandrini (knee injury), Giovani dos Santos (leg injury), Jonathan dos Santos (groin injury), and Michael Ciani (hamstring injury) are all out.
Jordy Delem, Nouhou, and Michael Ciani are a single yellow from suspension for accumulation. Osvaldo Alonso, Nicolas Lodeiro, Cristian Roldan, Jordan McCrary, Ashley Cole, and Jorgen Skjelvik are two yellows from the same.
Mark Geiger is the center referee. His video assistant is Younes Marrakchi.
nos audietis in somniis | nos audietis in alto
you will hear us in your sleep | you will hear us from the deep
this is our Sound
Keys to the Game:
- Impose your will.
- Don’t allow the trap to set.
- Unlock the offense.
- Feed the Green Lantern.
How I'm watching
Outfit: This is our Sound
Scarf: Original You Will Hear Us
Where: Section 214
How to Watch
Match date/time: August 18, 1 PM PT
Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington, Heart of Cascadia
Online Streaming: YouTube TV (Seattle & Spokane markets), Watch ESPN (subject to blackouts)
National TV: ESPN (Healey, Twellman)
Local Radio: 950 KJR-AM Seattle (Johnson, Keller)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Asia: BeIN Sports (ASIA) | Australia: BeIN Sports (AUS) | Europe: Eurosport | Middle East & North Africa: Abu Dhabi Sports | Singapore: Starhub | United Kingdom: Sky Sports | Vietnam: SCTV
Galaxy starters: David Bingham; Dave Romney, Jorgen Skjelvik, Daniel Steres; Rolf Feltscher, Perry Kitchen, Servando Carrasco, Ashley Cole ©; Sebastian Lletget; Emmanuel Boateng, Ola Kamara. Bench: Justin Vom Steeg, Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Sheanon Williams, Baggio Husidic, Chris Pontius, Bradford Jamieson IV, Ariel Lassiter.
Highlights will be posted as the match progresses.
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