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November 13, 2012 at 9:07 PM

How meaningful is that 4-0 game earlier this year? Sounders say not much. L.A. cautious.

la win.jpgPhoto credit: Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times

It was a popular thought Sunday night: “The Sounders need a 4-0 win at home against the Galaxy? Oh, they’ve done that before.”

Indeed, Seattle is down three goals to Los Angeles in the Western Conference finals and needs a four-goal win (or a three-goal win and victory in a penalty-kick shootout) in Sunday’s series finale to advance to MLS Cup.

And yes, the Sounders did in fact trounce the Galaxy, 4-0, at CenturyLink Field back on Aug. 5. Note the picture above.

So how meaningful is that result in the buildup to the second leg? Here are a few Sounders and L.A. players who talked about as much recently:

“It’s something that (our team) can obviously look back upon. It’s something I’m sure L.A. remembers, as well. It shows them the possibilities. I think it shows our fans the possibility that exist out there for us.” — Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid.

“They’ve come here this year and we were able to score four goals, but with saying that, the playoffs are a lot different.” — Sounders FC forward Eddie Johnson.

“Too different, but it’s also good to know in the back of your mind that it’s possible and we’ve done it before. It’s different circumstances now. There’s a lot more riding on the game.” — Sounders FC defender Jeff Parke.

“They beat us 4-0 earlier in the year and there’s no reason why they can’t do that again, so we’ve got to be prepared.” — LA Galaxy forward/midfielder Landon Donovan.

“We may have put ourselves in a great position, but last time we played in Seattle we got beat 4-0 … so we know that they can score goals there, we know they’re dangerous there, we just have to do our job.” — LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham to the LA Galaxy Insider.

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What do you think? Significant at all? Bad for the Sounders since L.A. might be extra cautious?

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