Sunday afternoon the LA Galaxy came back twice but the Seattle Sounders won out in the end 4-3 at CenturyLink Field.
Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s squad enjoyed an opening 20 minutes and dominated possession early, but the Sounders slowly worked their way into the match. LA failed to put away several half-chances while quality defending put out a few breakaways from Jordan Morris and Raul Ruidiaz.
Tragedy struck for the blue white and gold just before the half when a weak clearance from Giancarlo Gonzalez resulted in Jordan Morris racing in on net and squaring a low cross for a wide open Ruidiaz to tap-in.
It was a backbreaker of a goal to give up, and LA didn’t react very well to open the second period: Seattle would double their lead off a moment of nonchalance from the Galaxy back line when Cristian Roldan was first to a loose ball off a corner kick, skipped past Gonzalez and quickly slapped a left footed finish past Bingham.
The Galaxy looked like they were out of it but Zlatan Ibrahimovic was first to a cross from the left flank, and Uriel Antuna did brilliantly to race onto a ricocheted shot and tuck a finish under Frei to level the match in the 75th minute.
In a blink of an eye, Morris ran circles around the Galaxy midfield and give-and-goed his way into a wide-open breakaway, finishing around Bingham to give LA the lead. Jorgen Skjelvic of all players ran onto a through ball to equalize the match, but the Galaxy blew the lead in extra time off a mistake from Julian Araujo as Roldan finished at the back post.