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Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Highlights, stats and quotes

Sounders close out their least productive home campaign of the MLS era.

The Seattle Sounders closed out their 2021 regular-season home schedule on Monday with a disappointing 1-1 tie against the LA Galaxy. That left the Sounders with a home record of 8-4-5, the fewest wins they’ve ever had in a 34-game season and the lowest points per game (1.71) of any of the 13 MLS seasons they’ve played.

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 1 – LA Galaxy 1

Monday, November 1, 2021

Venue: Lumen Field

Referee: Joseph Dickerson

Assistants: Cameron Blanchard, Jeff Hosking

Fourth Official: Ramy Touchan

VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero

Attendance: 32,781

Weather: 50 degrees and cloudy

SCORING SUMMARY

LAG – Javier Hernández (Sebastian Lletget, Nick DePuy) 19’

SEA – Raúl Ruidíaz (penalty) 51’

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

SEA – Kelyn Rowe (caution) 66’

LAG – Jonathan Bond (caution) 81’

LAG – Samuel Grandsir (caution) 90’+1’

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei; Alex Roldan, Yeimar, Xavier Arreaga, Nouhou (Shane O’Neill HT), Brad Smith (Nicolas Benezet 73’); João Paulo, Kelyn Rowe, Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro (Fredy Montero 73’); Raúl Ruidíaz (Jordan Morris 66’)

Substitutes not used: Stefan Cleveland, Abdoulaye Cissoko, Léo Chú, Danny Leyva, Josh Atencio

Total shots: 11

Shots on goal: 3

Fouls: 11

Offside: 0

Corner-kicks: 5

Saves: 3

LA Galaxy – Jonathan Bond; Julian Araujo, Derrick Williams, Nick DePuy, Oniel Fisher; Rayan Raveloson, Jonathan dos Santos (Sacha Kljestan 78’), Sebastian Lletget (Victor Vazquez 63’), Efrain Alvarez (Samuel Grandsir 63’), Kevin Cabral, Javier Hernandez (Daniel Steres 88’)

Substitutes not used: Niko Hamalainen, Ethan Zubak, Jonathan Klinsmann, Adam Saldana, Dejan Joveljic

Total shots: 9

Shots on goal: 4

Fouls: 17

Offside: 1

Corner-kicks: 5

Saves: 2

POST-MATCH QUOTES & SOUNDBYTES: SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 1 – LA GALAXY 1

SOUNDERS FC HEAD COACH BRIAN SCHMETZER

On Jordan Morris making his return:

“Well, I’m sure he’s happy, I didn’t hear all of his interview, but I hope he’s in a decent mood. Listen the mood is subdued because of the loss. Let’s call this tie a loss, right? But he personally, he has to feel good, because I think he looked strong, powerful. I mean he doesn’t need to foul guys when he puts them under pressure because, you know, they are so afraid of him. Just let the play run its course. He’s faster than them. He earned that one corner just by doing the hard work and getting around the guy. He can do that instead of letting them off the hook. But that’s stuff that he’s going to get. I mean he’s going to get there. The challenge is, again, when Raúl [Ruidíaz] came off and I wanted to get him on. Does he play up front now? Does he play underneath, are we going to play with two forwards, him and Fredy [Montero] for Vancouver? I mean we will make those determinations when we watch the film.”

SOUNDERS FC FORWARD JORDAN MORRIS

On the feeling of coming back:

“I mean it feels great, it’s been a long process. Long year for myself personally, to be back out there in that environment. I mean it also has been almost two years since I’ve played in front of fans so that was a special moment. Yeah, I’m just grateful to be back playing with the team. Obviously not the result we wanted but we will have to move forward.”

SOUNDERS FC MIDFIELDER KELYN ROWE

On what he makes of the result:

“No, it wasn’t what we wanted at all. You always want to get three points, especially at home. Especially in this tight race coming down to that first, second place. So, we aren’t happy with it, we aren’t happy with the fact that it has taken us a goal to get kind of going on the attack. To get kind of going physically. But I think we are starting to getting pieces back. Getting the fitness back, getting the touches back with Nico [Lodeiro] and Raúl off injuries. We can finally get these guys back on the team because they are a big part of this group.”