For Sounders FC to having any hope of making the 2012 MLS Cup, the team will need a three-goal win at home against the Los Angeles in Sunday’s second leg of the Western Conference finals — and that’s just to send matters into overtime. So how many times has Seattle won by such a margin in its history?
I counted 10 times in 137 MLS games (regular season and playoffs):
Oct. 7, 2012 — Sounders FC 3-0 Portland
Aug. 25, 2012 — Chivas USA 2-6 Sounders FC
Aug. 5, 2012 — Sounders FC 4-0 LA Galaxy
Sept. 17, 2011 — Sounders FC 3-0 D.C. United
Aug. 27, 2011 — Sounders FC 6-2 Columbus
Apr. 30, 2011 — Sounders FC 3-0 Toronto FC
Sept. 18, 2010 — Columbus 0-4 Sounders FC
June 5, 2010 — Sounders FC 3-0 New England
June 28, 2009 — Sounders FC 3-0 Colorado
March 19, 2009 — Sounders FC 3-0 NY Red Bulls
And on the reverse side, how often has the Los Angeles Galaxy lost by three goals or more in the same time-frame? Not often. I count five in 143 MLS games since 2009, including once in the playoffs.
Aug. 5, 2012 Sounders FC 4-0 LA Galaxy
Aug. 3, 2011 Portland 3-0 LA Galaxy
March 26, 2011 Real Salt Lake 4-1 LA Galaxy
Nov. 14, 2010 LA Galaxy 0-3 FC Dallas (Western Conference final)
Sept. 12, 2009 LA Galaxy 3-6 FC Dallas
What makes next Sunday’s second leg unique to these games, however, is Seattle knows it has to win by at least three goals and the Galaxy knows that can’t lose by three.
The result that stands out, of course, is the 4-0 win by the Sounders three months ago at CenturyLink Field, which would be exactly what Seattle needs to advance. Eight of the team’s 10 three-goal wins have come at home, and the last three three-goal losses by the Galaxy have been on the road.
While each game is always separate onto itself, I thought this information might help illustrate the daunting task facing the Sounders in the second leg.