PERFECT DAY FOR SHOOTOUT
The Sounders FC (13-8-7,46 points) 4-3 win over the LA Galaxy ( 13-12-3, 42 points) in a picture-perfect Sunday afternoon was a wild rare goal fest witnessed in the game of soccer. With a national television audience watching and another 46,673 fans on hand the Sounders and the Zlatan Ibrahimović led Galaxy showed up and showed out. Simply put the Ballers balled.
SOUNDERS STRIKE FIRST BLOOD LATE IN THE FIRST HALF.
A perfect low cross by Nicola Lodeiro found a wide-open Raul Ruidiaz who taped the ball into the back of the Galaxy net to give the home side a 1-0 lead in stoppage time of the first half.
BREATHTAKING SECOND HALF
The Sounders looked to be on their way to victory ten minutes into the second half when Cristian Roldan’s left footed shot found the back of the Galaxy net for the 2-0 lead. The visitors evened the score with a pair of goals in the 66th and 75th minutes. ZIbrahimović put the Galaxy on the board first, heading in a corner kick from Sebastian Lletget for his 23rd goal of the season. Nine minutes later, Antuna made it 2-2 after a deflected ball landed right at his feet in front of the goal for an easy finish.
Jordan Morris’s breakaway goal put the Sounders back in the lead at 3-2 but the lead was short-lived as Jorgen Skyelvik leveled the game at 3-3 four minutes late. With both sides seeking the game winner Brad Smith was able to cross the ball from the left side of the Galaxy goal to an open Roldan who secured his brace with the game winner.
- With Sundays result, Sounders FC moves back into second place in the Western Conference with 46 points (13-8-7), 16 points behind Supporters’ Shield-leading LAFC. The club is now two points ahead of third-place San Jose.
- On Sunday Seattle matched its highest goal output of the season, and scored four goals in a match for the first time since a 4-2 win at Chicago on March 16.
- Roldan netted his fifth and sixth goals of the season, matching his single-season career high he set during the 2017 season. The multi-goal game was the second of his career, and his first since July 23, 2017 in a 3-0 win vs. San Jose. The midfielder now ranks third on the club in goals, behind only Ruidíaz (11) and Morris (8). Seattle today improved to 4-0-1 in games in which Roldan scores.
- Ruidíaz has now scored in three consecutive games for the second time in his career, and recorded an assist in two straight matches for the first time in his career. He established a new club record by scoring in eight consecutive appearances (including postseason) from September 29, 2018 – March 16, 2019. The Peruvian now has 24 goals in 33 appearances across all competitions since coming to Seattle last summer.
- Morris scored a goal and recorded an assist in the same game for the third time in his career and second time this season. He also accomplished the feat in Seattle’s first road contest of 2019, a 4-2 win at Chicago on March 16. Morris has earned an assist in consecutive games for the first time in his career.
- Lodeiro’s team-leading 12th assist of the season ranks him tied for fifth in MLS. He has now matched his second-highest single-season assist total (also: 2017), behind only his club record of 16 from last season. Lodeiro’s 12 assists are tied for the third-most in a single season in team history.
- Smith’s assist was his sixth of the season and first since a 1-0 win vs. Vancouver on June 29.
Seattle Sounders FC 4 – Los Angeles Galaxy 3
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Referee: Christopher PensoAssistants: Corey Rockwell, Jeremy HansonFourth Official: Elijio ArreguinVAR: Jose Carlos Rivero
Weather: 76 degrees and partly cloudy
SEA – Raúl Ruidíaz (Nicolás Lodeiro) 45’+2′
SEA – Cristian Roldan 55′
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 66′
LAG – Uriel Antuna (Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cristian Pavon) 75′
SEA – Jordan Morris (Raúl Ruidíaz) 77
‘LAG – Jorgen Skjelvik 81
Cristian Roldan (Brad Smith, Jordan Morris) 89′
LAG – Giancarlo Gonzalez (caution) 6′
SEA – Xavier Arreaga (caution) 47′
LAG – Diego Polenta (caution) 62
‘ LINEUPS & STATS
Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei; Saad Abdul-Salaam, Kim Kee-hee, Xavier Arreaga, Joevin Jones (Brad Smith 81′); Gustav Svensson, Jordy Delem (Emanuel Cecchini 40′), Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro – captain, Jordan Morris (Nouhou 90’+1′); Raúl Ruidíaz
Substitutes not used: Bryan Meredith, Harry Shipp, Luis Silva, Handwalla Bwana
Total shots: 11 (Ruidíaz, 4)
Shots on goal: 6 (Ruidíaz, 3)
Fouls: 16 (Ruidíaz/Svensson, 3)
Offside: 3 (Ruidíaz, 2)
Corner-kicks: 6 (Lodeiro, 6)
Saves: 6 (Frei, 6)
Los Angeles Galaxy – David Bingham; Rolf Feltscher, Diego Polenta, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Jorgen Skjelvik; Jonathan dos Santos, Sebastian Lletget, Favio Alvarez (Joe Corona 59′), Uriel Antuna (Julian Araujo 89′); Cristian Pavon, Zlatan Ibrahimovic – captain
Substitutes not used: Matt Lampson, Daniel Steres, Servando Carrasco, Chris Pontius, Efrain Alvarez
Total shots: 16 (Pavon, 5)
Shots on goal: 9 (Ibrahimovic, 3)
Fouls: 16 (Feltscher, 3)
Offside: 3 (Ibrahimovic, 2)
Corner-kicks: 7 (Lletget, 4)Saves: 2 (Bingham, 2