The 2011 Major League Soccer Champions, LA Galaxy are in town for a midweek mash-up with the Sounders tomorrow at Century Link Field. Coming off an impressive 2-1 grind-it-out Chicago-style win against the Fire last weekend, the Sounders are ready to go from one melee to another.
Come game time, 7 pm Wednesday evening, Seattle’s streets should be quieted from the May Day mess. Seattle suffered a WTO, circa 1999 relapse on Tuesday. A May Day protest became dangerous when protestors began doing damage to downtown Seattle businesses. While other rally’s around Seattle throughout the day were successful in being peaceful. One disrespectful group of protestors took up news time and headlines when they caused the city and businesses thousands of dollars of damage.
As for the Windy-City scuffle that took place after last Saturday’s match with Chicago Fire, Eddie Johnson was the only Sounder to suffer any repercussions. So far. Johnson was issued and undisclosed fine for an inappropriate gesture. Which he followed with an apology posted on Prost Amerika. Chicago’s Jalil Anibaba’s two footed, studs up tackle to Leo Gonzalez at the end of the match started the pushing. He was issued a red card along with Fire coach Frank Klopas.
The Sounders are off to their hottest start, going 4-W, 1-L, 1-D over their first 6 matches. LA is only simmering at 3-W, 3-L, 1-D. Some clubs might be intimidated by the Sounders resourceful start, and fever-pitched home crowds. The star-studded Galaxy are not one of those teams.
As successful as the Sounders have been against the Fire 4-W, 0-L, 3-D. LA Galaxy have been nearly as successful against the Sounders. Galaxy last lost to the Sounders during an LA trip in their inaugural season. Since then, LA has defeated the Sounders four times, drawing once. Two of those losses were in the 2010 MLS Playoffs. Which includes the memorable Edson Buddle 35 yard wonder-strike. Seattle have defeated LA the last two years in US Open Cup play, but that has not been the Galaxy’s priority. They proved that by winning the MLS Cup last November.
No red carpet treatment from Sounders supporters for the eclectic entourage of soccer stars included on the Galaxy. David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle, and Robbie Keane. LA’s lineup looks like an all-star cast.
Seattle has found it’s Estrada and wants its Montero to. David Estrada has scored 4 goals. Finding net 5 times this year. Only three can be solidly credited to him. Who cares. When he shoots, the ball finds net. It may go off a few people before reaching the netting, but that is what is meant when a forward has a knack for net. Estrada is that man. Montero has yet to score. It took him 7 matches last year. So, timing is ripe for Montero to join Estrada’s knack..
LA is still the class measuring stick. They play the closet to a top class brand of international soccer of any MLS club. The pressure and weight from the desire of the Sounders to conquer them, and please home fans has become giant. When pressure is off, and the Sounders are gliding, and playing in-form US Open Cup soccer, the Galaxy can’t compete. Being knocked out by the Sounders the last two years in a row. But when Seattle plays LA in regular season or playoff matches, the pressure seems to bite the Sounders.
Sebastian Le Toux is still the only Sounders player, past or present to score against the Galaxy at home. That was May of 2009. The Sounders are due for LA goals at home. I believe the best cure for midweek blues is scoring goals that defeat the defending champion.
© 2012 Sales on Sounders by Ryan J Sales