The LA Galaxy were completely outmatched by the Seattle Sounders in Seattle this evening, losing 4-0 in a match that may not have been that close. A less than fit Omar Gonzalez and a less than superb David Junior Lopes were shown up repeatedly by the speedster Eddie Johnson, and Brian Gaul made the expected rookie mistakes. It was LA's worst defeat in over four years
The Galaxy dominated possession, but that's a result of trailing the entire match. The Sounders were up by the fifth minute, with an Eddie Johnson header opening the scoring. Johnson, marked by Omar Gonzalez, got up on a Mauro Rosales chip from the sideline and redirected the ball past Saunders.
Going into halftime down 1-0 on the road, things weren't dire for the Galaxy, but they quickly became so. Josh Saunders slid in to stop an Alex Caskey shot in the 51', but Fredy Montero was able to bury the loose ball. Alex Caskey still got his in a big way, as in the 61' he gathered a ball Saunders had knocked away from Eddie Johnson and floated it over Saunders from 36 yards out for his first MLS goal.
That was the dagger, and then Andy Rose removed any and all doubt with a right foot finish of a Marc Burch pass. Seattle gained three points of separation and with their two matches in hand have a reasonable cushion in the playoff race.
The Galaxy will have a full six days to pull themselves back up, as they won't play again until the third rendition of the SuperClasico next Sunday. With Vancouver idle, the race for third just got a little clearer.