GALAXY 2, FISHFINDER 2: Moments after the Sounders hit the woodwork twice on one stretch, the Sounders found the equalizer on a Raúl Ruidíaz header from a Nicolás Lodeiro cross.
GALAXY 2, SOUNDERS 1: Kelyn Rowe netted a perfect pass from Raúl Ruidíaz in the 53rd minute to cut the deficit in half.
GALAXY 2, SIRERS 0: Victor Vazquez caught Stefan Frei off his line, scoring on a chip from the edge of the penalty area in the 42nd minute after a spell in which the Sounders had been reasonably dominant.
GALAXY 1, SIRERS 0: Chicharito Hernandez put the Galaxy on the board in the 10th minute, picking up a pass in the box and slotting it past Stefan Frei with ease. It’s the seventh time in 10 games that the Sounders have given up the first goal.
CALENDAR: The Sounders returned to a three-man formation for the first time since July 13, but will deploy a 3-5-2 for the first time this year. The move was necessitated somewhat by an injury to Cristian Roldan, who was effectively replaced in the line-up by Kelyn Rowe.
There are nine games remaining in the 2022 regular season. The Seattle Sounders sit 10th in the Western Conference, but just one point off a playoff spot and can move up to sixth with a win over the LA Galaxy tonight. It’s been a vaguely familiar scenario for several weeks and will likely continue to be one for the next.
This Galaxy game has added significance as they are one of the teams the Sounders will be fighting for those final playoff spots. Like the Sounders, the Galaxy have struggled in recent weeks (despite coming off a resounding win over the Whitecaps). The Galaxy are 2-5-0 in their last seven games and 3-6-1 in their last 10. That’s one more point on his last 10 than the Sounders.
The Galaxy’s biggest problem has been on the defensive end, where they’ve allowed 19 goals over that 10-game streak. They also allowed at least two goals in half of those games and at least three in four of them.
Their struggles were almost a mirror image of the Sounders, who only allowed up to three goals once in that 10-game series but were limited to just nine goals scored.
- The Sounders have a nine-game unbeaten streak against the Galaxy (5-0-3) that dates back to 2018 and includes a 3-2 win earlier this year. The Sounders went 2-0-3 on the road during that streak.
- That almost perfectly overlaps Raúl Ruidíaz’s time with the Sounders, which includes eight goals in eight career appearances against the Galaxy.
- The Galaxy are coming off a 5-2 victory over the Whitecaps on Saturday. It included their four-goal first half since 2016.
- The Galaxy substitutes have 24 goal contributions this year (10 goals, 14 assists), with Dejan Jovelic leading the way (6 goals, 3 assists).
OUT: Jorge Villafaña (end of season injured list), Jonathan Pérez (knee), Derrick Williams (personal reasons)
OUT: João Paulo (R ACL Tear); Andrew Thomas (lower back stress fracture); Obed Vargas (lower back stress fracture)
Referee: Victor Rivas; Assistant referees: Jeffrey Greeson, Cameron Blanchard; 4th official: Brandon Stevis; VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero; VAR Assistant: Jeff Muschik
Match/kick-off date time: Friday, 7:08 p.m.
Venue: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, CA.
Online broadcast: ESPN+ (affiliate link, off-market), Fubo TV (affiliate link)
English national television: ESPN (Jon Champion & Taylor Twellman)
local radio: 93.3 KJR-FM Seattle, iHeartMedia (Costigan, Keller)
Lovsin spanishh Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda, Tapia)
Spanish national television: ESPN Sports
Australia and New Zealand: beIN Sports Australia
Australia and New Zealand: ESPN Australia
Balkan: Arena Sport
Brazil: ESPN Brazil
China: Chinese sports media
China (CCTV): Star Sports
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain: DAZN (Europe)
Latin America: ESPN Latin America
Middle East and North Africa: Abu Dhabi Sports
Netherlands: ESPN Netherlands
Nova Sport (Czech Republic): Czech Republic and Slovakia
Southeast Asia: beIN Sports Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa: ESPN Africa
Turkey and Azerbaijan: Saran Sport
Ukraine: Soccer 1
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