SEATTLE, WASH. - Playing its second road match of the 2015 season, Sounders FC (2-2-1, 7 points) fell 1-0 to the LA Galaxy (2-2-2, 8 points) on Sunday afternoon at the StubHub Center. Alan Gordon scored the lone goal for the Galaxy, as Seattle was unable to find the net despite recording 10 shots on target.
Gordon's goal came off a re-directed header following a set piece in the 23rd minute. Juninho sent a looping cross into the box for Omar Gonzalez, who headed the ball across Seattle's area to Gordon for a conversion at the far post.
At halftime of the nationally televised broadcast on FOX Sports 1, it was announced that Sounders FC captain Brad Evans was called into the U.S. Men's National Team for Wednesday's friendly vs. Mexico. Jurgen Klinsmann's 22-man roster includes 13 MLS players, as well as Sounders FC Academy product and current Stanford forward Jordan Morris.
Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo recorded 10 saves in the match - the most by a Sounders FC opponent in club history - to preserve the shutout for LA. Lamar Neagle, starting at forward for Seattle alongside Obafemi Martins, saw his game-high five shots on goal all denied by Penedo.
Sounders FC returns to action next Saturday, April 18 for a road matchup at the Colorado Rapids. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. PT from Dick's Sporting Goods Park, with local coverage slated for the first time this season on JOEtv.
Seattle Sounders FC 0 - LA Galaxy 1
Saturday, April 12, 2015
Venue: StubHub Center
Referee: Mark Geiger
Assistants: Sean Hurd, Joe Fletcher
Fourth Official: Ricardo Salazar
Weather: Sunny and 73 degrees
LA - Alan Gordon (Omar Gonzalez, Juninho) 23'
LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC - Stefan Frei; Tyrone Mears, Brad Evans - C, Chad Marshall, Dylan Remick; Cristian Roldan (Aaron Kovar 81'), Andy Rose, Osvaldo Alonso, Marco Pappa (Victor Mansaray 89'); Lamar Neagle (Chad Barrett 74'), Obafemi Martins
Substitutes not used: Troy Perkins, Leo Gonzalez, Zach Scott, Micheal Azira
Total shots: 14 (Neagle, 6)
Shots on goal: 10 (Neagle, 5
Fouls: 18 (Alonso/Roldan, 3)
Offside: 5 (Martins, 4)
Corner-kicks: 4 (Pappa, 3)
Saves: 3 (Frei, 3)
LA Galaxy - Jaime Penedo; Dan Gargan (Tommy Meyer 85'), Omar Gonzalez, A.J. DeLa Garza, Robbie Rogers; Stefan Ishizaki, Rafael Garcia, Baggio Husidic (Jose Villareal 83'), Juninho-C, Gyasi Zardes; Alan Gordon
Substitutes not used: Brian Rowe, Todd Dunivant, Bradford Jamieson, Ignacio Maganto, Mika Vayrynen
Total shots: 16 (Rogers, 4)
Shots on goal: 4 (Gordon, 2)
Fouls: 15 (Gordon, 5)
Corner-kicks: 3 (Ishizaki, 3)
Saves: 10 (Penedo, 10)
- Galaxy goalkeeper Jaime Penedo recorded 10 saves, the highest total by a Sounders FC opponent in franchise history. The previous high was eight, recorded twice, most recently by Jon Busch in an August 2, 2014 matchup with San Jose.
- Sounders FC finished with 10 shots on goal, tied for the third-most in club history. Lamar Neagle recorded five shots on goal, one shy of Obafemi Martins' franchise record for a single match (April 26, 2014 vs. Colorado).
- Sounders FC falls to 4-7-5 in the all-time series vs. LA Galaxy, including a 1-4-3 record on the road. The two sides will meet twice more this season, first with an August 9 matchup at the StubHub Center before meeting at CenturyLink Field on October 4.
- Seattle rookie Cristian Roldan made his second start of the season tonight, with the First-Round SuperDraft pick slotting in at right midfield. Andy Rose made his fifth appearance with the start in central midfield for the suspended Gonzalo Pineda, while Dylan Remick started his second consecutive match at leftback. Rookie Homegrown Player Victor Mansaray made his second substitute appearance of the season when he came on late for Marco Pappa.
Additional post-match audio is available here.