Carson, CA (Sports Network) - The Seattle Sounders will look to continue their
white-hot form on Saturday when the club visits the StubHub Center to face the
Los Angeles Galaxy in a marquee Western Conference clash.
Seattle comes into the clash scorching hot having won five straight and eight
of their last nine in league play to climb one point ahead of Real Salt Lake
for the Supporters' Shield lead.
Last week's match saw the Sounders roll to a 2-0 victory over RSL at a raucous
It didn't take long for the hosts to start the scoring against their West
rivals as Seattle grabbed the lead in the third minute when Nigerian
international Obafemi Martins was left free in the penalty area to fire home a
low cross from Andy Rose.
Real Salt Lake kept more of the possession in the first half after allowing the
first goal, but were soon behind by two when Lamar Neagle fired one past RSL
goalkeeper Nick Rimando in the 38th minute.
The result saw the Sounders reach 49 points on the season, one more than RSL
with seven matches remaining.
"We've kept climbing. We've kept climbing and now we're in first place,"
Sounders FC head coach Sigi Schmid said. "Now we have to make sure we stay
there and enjoy the view a little bit.
"We believe in ourselves and today was our day to turn believers out of the
doubters," Schmid continued. "It was our chance to show that this is a team we
can beat and a team we can play against and we can play well."
Los Angeles, meanwhile, is also in need of a rebound performance after settling
for a 2-2 draw against D.C. United at RFK Stadium last week.
Robbie Keane opened the scoring for LA just seven minutes in, but Chris
Pontius leveled things for D.C. in the 39th minute.
The Galaxy again took the lead again late on through a goal from defender
Michael Stephens, but Kyle Porter scored for United in the 84th minute to
salvage a point for his club.
"We're disappointed. At the end of the game, we're positioned to have three
points and we need to do better in those situations. It was a day where we give
D.C. United credit -- they played real for 90 minutes," said Galaxy head coach
"We had to battle real hard. We positioned ourselves poorly at the end of the
first half by -- I call it giving away a goal. Give [Chris] Pontius credit as
well for stripping Omar [Gonzalez] and finishing off the play. Then we got the
second goal, which should be enough to give us three points, [but] we failed to
keep them off the scoreboard at the end of the game, so that's disappointing."
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