Seattle Sounders FC fell, 3-0, to the LA Galaxy Monday evening on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. Seattle (12-5-2, 38 points) maintains its six-point lead in the Western Conference, while Los Angeles (8-4-6, 30 points) moves into a three-way tie for third place. Landon Donovan paced the Galaxy with one goal and two assists.
With the loss, Seattle's league-best streak of six consecutive home wins came to an end, while the Galaxy have lost just once in its last 10 matches (6-1-3).
LA took the 1-0 lead in the 8th minute when Donovan received a pass in the middle of the box from Marcelo Sarvas, then turned and played the ball behind to Gyasi Zardes, who slotted it the right side of the net.
The Galaxy extended the lead to 2-0 in the 18th minute when Donovan knocked in a rebound attempt after Stefan Frei saved a long-distance shot from Sarvas. It was Donovan's fourth goal of the season.
LA made it 3-0 in the 36th minute when Sarvas found a streaking Stefan Ishizaki on the right side, who then fired a first-time strike inside the far post.
Frei made a season-high seven saves in the match, including back-to-back stops on shots by Zardes in the 43rd minute.
Sounders FC returns to action on Saturday, August 5th against the San Jose Earthquakes. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. PT at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
LA - Gyasi Zardes (Landon Donovan, Marcelo Sarvas) 8'
LA - Landon Donovan 18'
LA - Stefan Ishizaki (Marcelo Sarvas, Landon Donovan) 36'
Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei, DeAndre Yedlin, Jalil Anibaba, Zach Scott, Dylan Remick (Michael Azira 81); Lamar Neagle (Chad Barrett 45), Osvaldo Alonso, Gonzalo Pineda, Marco Pappa (Tristan Bowen 65); Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins.
Substitutes Not Used: Josh Ford, Kenny Cooper, Aaron Kovar, Andy Rose
TOTAL SHOTS: 13 (Dempsey 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 4 (Dempsey 2); FOULS: 14 (Pineda 3); OFFSIDE: 2 (2 tied at 1); CORNER KICKS: 2 (Pineda 2); SAVES: 7 (Frei 7).
Los Angeles Galaxy - Jaime Penedo, Dan Gargan, A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Robbie Rogers, Landon Donovan, Juninho (Baggio Husidic 78), Marcelo Sarvas, Stefan Ishizaki, Robbie Keane, Gyasi Zardes (Kenney Walker 90+1)
Substitutes Not Used: Brian Perk, Brian Rowe, Bradford Jamieson, Tommy Meyer, Leonardo,
TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Ishizaki 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 10 (Ishizaki 4); FOULS: 15 (Sarvas 4); OFFSIDE: 1 (Keane 1); CORNER KICKS: 4 (Ishizaki 3); SAVES: 4 (Penedo 4).
LA- Landon Donovan (caution) 24'
LA- Omar Gonzalez (caution) 45+3'
SEA- Jalil Anibaba (caution) 69'
SEA- Gonzalo Pineda (caution) 79'
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee's Assistants: Bill Dittmar, Babocaurr Jallow
4th Official: Juan Guzman
Time of Game: 1:55
Weather: Sunny and 82 degrees