TUKWILA, Wash. – Two goals allowed is too many for Seattle Sounders FC – in most cases.
However, the Sounders were mostly satisfied with their defensive effort in their 2-2 draw at Los Angeles last weekend. And they sound like they’d be satisfied with something similar when the Galaxy visits CenturyLink Field at noon Saturday in a game that will determine the Supporters’ Shield winner.
“I thought we were a bit unfortunate to be down 2-0,” coach Sigi Schmid said Tuesday after his team returned to training. “I thought we played pretty well, especially defensively. Especially in the first half, I thought we bottled them up pretty well.”
Los Angeles is the highest-scoring team in Major League Soccer with 69 goals – six more than the No. 2 Sounders
Five Galaxy goals have come against Seattle: three in Seattle in July and two more Sunday in Carson, California.
Both of L.A.’s weekend goals came on attacks that Seattle could have snuffed with proper clearances. Instead, both ended at the feet of L.A. players, and both made them pay – first Baggio Husidic late in the first half, then Marcelo Sarvas early in the second.
Seattle’s primary defensive successes came from slowing L.A.’s counterattack and shutting out their top three scorers Robbie Keane (19 goals), Gyasi Zardes (16) and Landon Donovan (10).
“If we don’t let them have the ball, they’re going to have little bit of trouble,” Seattle right back DeAndre Yedlin said.
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