Sounders 4 – 0 Galaxy
It was a night of firsts on Sunday at the XBOX Pitch in Seattle.
Plus, the clean sheet will most definitely help Michael Gspurning cement his legacy as the first non-region MLS goalkeeper to win the GAA title this year.
After the last meeting between these two teams was marred by the fact that Bruce Arena didn’t play his full squad, the Sounders wasted no time at all discerning who the top team was.
The Sounders can now put all of the naysayers to rest after the beat down of the Galaxy and their full squad, all 3 DP’s included, on Sunday night.
1-0 inside 10 minutes seemed to put the Galaxy on the run, and they never really came back and found the pace that they are used to playing at.
Yes they had a few really good opportunities, but the Sounders defense was on top of every one of them, and the clean sheet stayed in tact.
Eddie and Freddy
These two looked more like the best of friends on Sunday, than the enemies the media has portrayed them to be.
For the second straight league game, Sigi Schmid decided to go with both Eddie Johnson and Freddy Montero up top to start the game.
And it worked perfectly for him.
Both notching goals for the Sounders early in both halves. Plus, there was even a hint of a play set up from Johnson to Montero in the second half.
If these two can keep this up, we will be unstoppable!
The defense looked the best I have seen them all year Sunday.
For those of you who keep track, this is the second week in a row that I have said this.
But, honestly, they were sharp tonight.
Especially Leo Gonzales. There were a couple of last minute clearances that helped out Gspurning quite a bit.
Playing with the heavy heart of losing a close friend is never an easy task, but Andy Rose did what so many other athletes before him have done; came up huge in honor of a fallen loved one.
Not only with the goal, but it seems like Rose is getting more and more confident with every passing minute on the pitch.
To quote the Damned, “We gotta brand new rose in town.”
Late in the game on a set piece, Freddy Montero got a jump right when the ball was released, and found himself completely un-marked in the 6 yard box for a chance on goal.
He didn’t score, but the ball was deflected out on what should have been a Seattle corner.
But the linesman had his flag up for offsides.
On replay, there was a clear shot of the play, and Freddy was not offsides.
The play had no affect on the outcome of the game, but it was frustrating to get the call on such a well timed run.
With the late hand stomp on Gspuring by Galaxy member Bryan Gaul, the Sounders had every right to get in his face.
Gspurning is just coming back from a three month injury absence, and it’s plays like these that put players out of action.
Though I am upset that there was no discipline during the game by the ref, I am confident there will be something coming from the league offices sometime during the week.
At least I hope there will be. The play was clearly dead, and yet Gaul still felt the need to lunge at the ball, studs up, right onto the hand of Gspurining.
A classless play by a player who was defeated.
Next up for the Sounders is the U.S. Open Cup Final on Wednesday against Sporting Kansas City at the Livestrong Sporting Stadium in KC. Game is on Gol TV (which makes no sense to me at all.)
Next MLS match for the Sounders is next Saturday, at San Jose to face the conference leading Earthquakes. Game time is 7:30 local time, and will be aired on KONG.
Until next time, scarves up Sounders fans, and let’s get number four on Wednesday! SE4TTLE!
Video highlights courtesy of mlssoccer.com