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Scouting Report: A chance for redemption

Zlatan comes to Seattle.

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at LA Galaxy Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

What You’ll Watch

The Seattle Sounders return home after a three-game road trip that saw them go 1-1-1. The Sounders will welcome the LA Galaxy, who they drew 2-2 on that road trip.

LA currently sits in fourth place, one point behind Seattle, in the Western Conference — with a record of 13-11-3 (42 points in 27 games played; 1.56 ppg). The Sounders sit in third place with a record of 12-8-7 (43 points in 27 games played; 1.59 ppg). Last time out, LA blew a 3-1 lead and drew 3-3 against LAFC while the Sounders earned a hard fought three points in their 2-1 win against Portland.

Tale of the Tape


Last Five: W-T-L-T-L

Leading Goal Scorer: Raul Ruidiaz, 10 goals

Assist Leader: Nicolas Lodeiro, 11 assists

Los Angeles

Last Five: D-D-W-L-L

Leading Goal Scorer: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 22 goals

Assist Leader: Favio Alvarez and Diego Polenta, four assists

Injury Report, Suspensions and International Duty

Los Angeles

Out: Romain Alessandrini

Questionable: Perry Kitchen (groin injury)

Suspensions: N/A

International Duty: N/A


Out: Will Bruin (torn ACL), Victor Rodriguez

Questionable: N/A

Suspensions: Roman Torres, Kelvin Leerdam

International Duty: N/A

Match Officials

REFEREE: Christopher Penso

AR1: Corey Rockwell

AR2: Jeremy Hanson

4th: Elijio Arreguin

VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero

AVAR: Eduardo Mariscal

What to Watch

Not a lot has changed in the 2+ weeks since these two teams last faced off, so I recommend going back and reading the Scouting Report from the game in LA. However, I do want to highlight one player in particular: Cristian Pavon. Since signing the “TAM” (wink wink) player, the Galaxy have looked way less Zlatan dependant, and that was definitely evident when the Galaxy faced off against LAFC.

Pavon lines up on the left, which means he’ll be going at Saad Abdul-Salaam, who will be filling in for the suspended Kelvin Leerdam. Pavon is direct and loves to take people on; his dribbling on the ball will pull defenders in and create space for Zlatan. Abdul-Salaam will certainly have his hands full. I expect that Cristian Roldan will lineup at Right Mid to help with the defensive work load.

How to Watch

Date/Time: Sunday, September 1 @ 3:30 PM PT

Location: CenturyLink Feld — Seattle, WA


Streaming: YouTube TV, Fox Sports Go

Radio: 950 KJR AM (English), El Rey 1360AM (Spanish)

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