May 2, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan (10) chases the ball as Seattle Sounders FC defender Jeff Parke (31) slide tackles during the first half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
The LA Galaxy were defeated 2-0 by Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Wednesday night. The Galaxy were without David Beckham, Robbie Keane, Todd Dunivant, and Josh Saunders, which forced Bruce Arena to get creative. Bryan Gaul, Bryan Jordan, Marcelo Sarvas, and Adam Cristman all stepped off the reserve field and onto the senior roster. The win was the Sounders first ever win over the Galaxy at Seattle.
Seattle's first goal came just before half time. Mauro Rosales found himself in space on the left wing and sent a cross into the box. It met Eddie Johnson's head, which his center of the box shot going to Bill Gaudette's right. Gaudette had looked good up to that point in relief, but was beat fairly easily on that one.
Fredy Montero had a cracker of a goal for Seattle to begin the second half. Three minutes in, Montero finds himself with space about thirty five yards out, and just lets the ball fly. The ball floats up over Gaudette's outstretched hand and dips into the far corner of the net. The goal was Montero's 15th from outside the box in 2012, the most in MLS. This ended a 1,083 minute goalless doubt for Montero.
The game was the end of many streaks. The Galaxy lost for the first time in five matches in Seattle. LA gave up two goals at Seattle for the first time. The Galaxy gave up more the one goal for the first time in five MLS matches. Edson Buddle entered the game, but did not score, the first time in four matches against Seattle.
For the Sounders, they kept their streak rolling against the weaker squad trotted out by the Galaxy. Going into tonight's match they had kept four clean sheets in their last seven MLS matches, now it's five clean sheets in eight. Seattle had only conceded one goal from open play this year, and that number stayed the same.
The Galaxy will get three starters back for the match against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, and New York will be without Thierry Henry. LA gives up the game in hand with this match, still in the bottom half of the table. Still, a win Saturday and the Galaxy will be caught up and in a good position as they hope May continues to improve from the rough start in March.