08/16/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/16/2018 22:10
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With five consecutive wins and eight games without a loss, Seattle Sounders FC are one of the hottest teams in MLS and have made a remarkable climb up the Western Conference, one that can push them ahead of the playoff line with a win against an LA Galaxy side winless in their last three after a pair of disappointing draws.
The Sounders are coming off a 2-1 home win over FC Dallas to move within three points of sixth-place Real Salt Lake, while the Galaxy settled for a 2-2 home draw against the Colorado Rapids Tuesday night.
Seattle Sounders FC
Seattle (9-9-5) made it five straight victories with a 2-1 win over West-leading FC Dallas Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
Chad Marshall opened the scoring in the 41st minute, latching onto a Nico Lodeiro corner kick to give the Sounders the lead at the break. After Dominique Badji leveled in the 52nd minute, Lodeiro scored what proved to be the winner in the 63rd minute with a free kick that found its way through a maze of players.
'It will be a game by game, matchup by matchup decision by the coaching staff and there might be a change we make, a subtle one, home or away, some of those little nuances,' Brian Schmetzer said. 'But I like the way the team has been playing so its hard to change when something's working so well for you.'
Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Stefan Frei - Kelvin Leerdam, Kim Kee-hee, Chad Marshall, Brad Smith - Gustav Svensson, Osvaldo Alonso - Cristian Roldan, Nico Lodeiro, Harry Shipp - Raul Ruidiaz
The winless streak is now three games for the LA Galaxy (10-8-7) after conceding late for the third straight game and settling for a 2-2 draw against the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday night at StubHub Center.
Ashley Cole opened the scoring in the 59th minute before Edgar Castillo leveled in the 74th minute. Two minutes later, Sebastian Lletget put the Galaxy back in front, but Niki Jackson struck for the equalizer in the 82nd minute.
'We had the lead twice so we need to hold on the lead,' Sigi Schmid said. 'We can talk tactics if we want, but when there's one player forward and he's playing against four defenders and he drops off and gets the ball in a pocket...I don't know what the tactics are there. Do we need six back there? The tactics are that someone has to get up his rear end. It's just that final thing for us. It hasn't clicked.'
Projected Starting XI
(3-4-1-2, right to left)
GK: David Bingham - Dave Romney, Michael Ciani, Jorgen Skjelvik - Chris Pontius, Perry Kitchen, Servando Carrasco, Ashley Cole - Sebastian Lletget - Ola Kamara, Bradford Jamieson
Referee: Mark Geiger
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson, Mike Rotterdam
4th Official: Dave Gantar
VAR: Younes Marrakchi