Matchday Central: @ LA Galaxy
Posted by: Matt Gaschk
Sounders FC looks to maintain its hold on the top spot in the Supporters' Shield standings against a tough Western Conference opponent.
Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy
September 21, 2013, 7:30 pm PT; StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
TV/Radio: NBC Sports Network; 97.3 FM; La Gran D 99.3 FM (Spanish)
LA Galaxy’s Record: LA is fifth in the Western Conference at 13-10-5 (44 points), earning 10 points at 3-1-1 in its last five matches.
All-Time Series: LA leads 5-3-2 in the all-time series, including a 4-0 win at the StubHub Center in their only previous meeting this season in May. Across all competitions, Seattle trails at 6-8-2.
Injury Report: Sounders FC – OUT: F Clint Dempsey (hamstring); F Will Bates (R knee); M Shalrie Joseph (R knee sprain); GK Josh Ford (R patella fracture). QUESTIONABLE: M Brad Evans (L calf strain); GK Marcus Hahnemann (R knee injury); M Steve Zakuani (athletic pubalgia). LA Galaxy – OUT: D AJ DeLaGarza (L elbow dislocation); M Robbie Rogers (L hamstring strain). QUESTIONABLE: Landon Donovan (L ankle sprain).
Key player: Robbie Keane is a surefire MVP candidate with 13 goals (4th in MLS) and 11 assists (3rd in MLS) in just 17 matches. That LA is 10-3-4 when he is on the field and 3-7-1 when he isn’t is no coincidence. He’s had his success against Seattle, too, with three goals and two assists in three MLS matches and an additional three goals and one assist in their playoff meeting last season.
Notes: Seattle’s five-match winning streak is the longest in MLS this season and matches the longest in Sounders FC history. … Sounders FC has only topped the Galaxy once at the StubHub Center – a 2-0 win in August, 2009, when the stadium was called the Home Depot Center. … Midfielder Mauro Rosales has 33 assists in his career, one shy of Fredy Montero for the club record. He shares the league-lead with five game-winning assists this season. … Sounders FC leads the league with five road wins. … Landon Donovan’s next appearance will be the 300th of his MLS career. He has 132 goals and 116 assists in his career, with one goal and four assists in 10 matches against Seattle.