Sounders at Galaxy Recap: California Adventure

The Seattle Sounders were on something of a roller coaster as they drew 3-3 on the road against LA Galaxy, a game that saw the Sounders lose 2-0, come back strong to take a 3-2 lead and eventually concede a stop-time penalty.

LA stormed out of the gate, generating a good chance for Chicharito in the Seattle penalty area which Stefan Frei saved easily in the 9th minute, then a minute later Chicharito was on the ball again inside from the surface. This time around he left no doubt as he created space with just a few touches and finished on the other side of the net to take the lead.

The Sounders followed that up with some good looks, including an apparent goal from Jordan Morris in the 16th minute, but the game was called up for offside. As half-time approached, the Galaxy doubled their lead thanks to some sort of fluke from Victor Vazquez as his cross trumped Frei and forced its way into the top corner, and the Sounders looked to be cooked.

Coming out for the second half, Seattle looked like a different team, a team that remembered they were good at football. Less than 10 minutes into the half, the Sounders had retired one.

Raúl Ruidíaz headed for the baseline inside the Galaxy area and drove a ball through the box to a waiting Kelyn Rowe, who curled his shot into the net to halve the deficit. From there, the Sounders were off to the races. In the 61st minute, Ruidíaz equalized the game, heading home on a cross from Nico Lodeiro after an objectively hilarious sequence of events that involved Albert Rusnák hitting both the crossbar and the post on separate shots within seconds, and a few misfires. clearances.

About 12 minutes later, it was Jordan Morris’ turn to grab a goal, this time clearing an overhand rebound from Galaxy goalkeeper Jonathan Bond who could only block a Yéimar header.

It looked like the Sounders had finally done enough to secure a victory after a frustrating series of games, but then VAR stepped in. A seemingly innocuous play that ended with a fairly easy catch from Stefan Frei was reviewed and Xavier Arreaga was judged for committing a handball and the Galaxy were awarded a penalty. Dejan Joveljic grabbed the spot and netted it home to end the game tied at 3-3. The tie point leaves the Sounders above the playoff line for the night, at least.

9′ — The first dangerous look of the match comes from LA, as Chicharito puts a light touch on a cross but the ball goes straight into the arms of Stefan Frei.

ten’ – A minute after his first look was saved by Frei, Chicharito finished a quick build up through the Sounders with a few touches in the box and fired at the far post. 1-0 LA

16′ — Jordan Morris appeared to level the game with a header from a Nico Lodeiro cross, but the game was called off for offside.

21′ — Morris nearly did it again, but his shot after a layoff from Lodeiro in the box widens as he fires with his left from a tight angle.

42′ — Victor Vazquez doubles the lead for LA. Vazquez takes a shot/cross from outside the corner of the box which deceives Frei and burrows into the top corner. 2-0 LA

53′ — Kelyn Rowe pulls one off for Seattle! Raúl Ruidíaz dribbles into the box towards the baseline and cuts the ball for Rowe, who wraps it in the top of the net! 2-1

60′ — Albert Rusnak hits both the crossbar and the goal post within seconds, but doesn’t find the back of the net despite the chaos.

61′ — Ruidíaz ties it up! ‘The Flea’ leaps up to meet a cross from Lodeiro near the penalty spot and beats Jonathan Bond with a header. 2-2

73′ — Jordan Morris takes the lead! Lodeiro sends in a big cross headed by Yéimar but the shot is saved and Morris hits the rebound from the doorstep. 3-2Seattle

90 + 1′ — Xavier Arreaga is called up for a questionable handball in the box, and LA is awarded a penalty. Dejan Joveljic hammers it. 3-3

The first is free: After last week’s loss, Brian Schmetzer explained that the high number of crosses in this game, something that has become a pattern for the Sounders recently, is certainly not the plan but the result of delay and chasing. of a goal. Well, for the third game in a row and the 7th time in the last 10 games, the Sounders allowed the first goal against the Galaxy. They won 3 of those 10 games and lost 6 of 7 in which they allowed the first goal. It’s clearly, objectively, harder to win a game when you give up first base, and I wish the Sounders would stop doing that so often.

Fixing half of the equation: In the last 10 games, the Sounders have been pretty bad at scoring goals and preventing the other team from scoring. Ideally, you want to be good at scoring goals AND be good at preventing teams from scoring goals. The answer to the goalscoring problem has seemingly been on the horizon the whole time, and now it looks like it could finally be here as Ruidíaz appears to be nearing 90-minute fitness. Against the Galaxy, Ruidíaz started and had a goal and an assist, and all three of the Sounders’ goals came in his 83 minutes on the pitch. If the team can keep creating and finishing chances, then they just have to work on the other half of the problem.

Speaking of attack output: That game featured Ruidíaz’s first assist of the season – in fact the first assist of any Sounders forward – on the beauty of a Kelyn Rowe goal. The dribbling and passing was perhaps the best proof that Ruidíaz is truly and truly back. His goal was his first in more than two months, with his last coming in a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on June 14. Morris’ goal was his first since the 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on July 23, nearly a month. and marked the first time two Sounders forwards have scored in the same game, arguably, since Morris and Will Bruin both scored against Sporting Kansas City on June 25. The result is a little disappointing, but there is still good.

2 – It was the first time this season that the Sounders claimed points from a game in which they were down 2 goals.

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