This Sunday at CenturyLink Field (6:30 pm, FS1 and Fox Deportes), its tough to know what to expect from the LA Galaxy.
A win in Seattle would great improve the Galaxy's chances at the Supporters Shield, and perhaps more importantly help LA end the season on a strong run of form, a virtual requirement for clubs looking to make an MLS Cup run. And yet, this 2015 Galaxy just hasn't been able to get the job done on the road, though you could argue the personnel has changed recently.
Seattle comes into the match in decent form, and like seemingly every team in the Western Conference, in desperate need of three points. Obafemi Martins is on fire lately, scoring in a club-record five straight games for the Sounders, not good news for a Galaxy defense that has struggled lately.
The Sounders had a serious scare earlier in the week when All-Star center back Chad Marshall hit his head during training and had to leave practice in an ambulance, but he appears to be ok, though his status for Sunday is still in the air. (Update: Marshall is out with a sprained neck)
Thank you everyone for the messages and well wishes. Really means a lot. Scans went well and I'm doing alright.— Chad Marshall (@ChadMarshall14) October 1, 2015
A less publicized injury occurred this week when starting left back Oriel Fisher pulled up during training, making it likely the Sounders will field an injury-stricken back line on Sunday. If LA has a weakness heading into the contest, Juninho is one yellow card away from an automatic one-game suspension, something Sigi Schmid will no doubt look to exploit.
Seattle have plenty lined up for Sunday: The team is opening the upper decks at CenturyLink Field, so expect a large crowd. The Sounders will also be debuting Halo 5 themed Xbox jerseys, Kasey Keller will be inducted into the Sounders Hall of Fame and more. Can the Galaxy crash Seattle's party?