Some quick takeaways from the LA Galaxy’s 3-0 victory over the Sounders on Monday night at CenturyLink Field:
– The Galaxy midfield controlled the game.
Los Angeles pressed high up the field from the opening minute and the strategy didn’t take very long to pay off. The Seattle backline, already reeling from the pregame scratch to Chad Marshall, began hammering the ball over the top, allowing the Galaxy 58 percent of the possession in the first half.
“There was a lot of space in the midfield,” LA midfielder Landon Donovan said. “I think (Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho) completely overran (Osvaldo) Alonso and (Gonzalo) Pineda. I think they were excellent in there. When you take control of the midfield like that, you take control of the game.”
– Seattle’s defensive performance evoked an old nightmare.
It may be my first night on the beat, but even I know that a 5-0 loss – one that was 4-zip at the half – being brought up in the postgame is rarely a good sign.
Sounders defender Zach Scott was quick to reference his team’s May rout in New England, and his unit certainly looked more like that one than the version that had allowed two goals in its past four MLS games.
“I don’t think anyone can say they played anywhere near their potential, but all I can do is look at myself,” Scott said. “Letting in three goals is ridiculous. I’m embarrassed.”
– This is a setback for Seattle — but it should be kept in perspective.
No, it wasn’t fun for the rave green masses hoping celebrate a nine-point gap atop the Western Conference to instead watch the Sounders go down 3-0 barely a half hour in. The pregame fervor had dropped a few octaves by the final goal, the crowd as shocked as their defenders.
But that cushion at the top is still comfortable, both in the conference and the Supporters’ Shield race. And they get a quick shot at redemption with a weekend trip to San Jose on the docket before All-Star Week.
“Whenever you take a loss what you want to do is get back on the pitch as soon as possible,” Sounders defender Jalil Anibaba said, “and luckily we have a game on Saturday, so we’ll get a couple days of training in, recover, and get back after it.”