Sounders Return to Scoring Ways in 3-1 Win over LA GALAXY

 Cristian Roldan  scored two goal  as the Seattle Sounders FC (7-3-3,24 points) returned their scoring ways in a relatively easy 3-1 win over the LA GALAXY( 4-6-3, 15 points)  in LA.  While it wasn’t exactly a leisurely Sunday stroll  at Dignity Health Sports Park the Rave Green had their way against the home side.

EARLY GOAL

The Galaxy played a high line against the fleet footed Sounders and the strategy was disastrous from the  get go.  After receiving  a pass from defender  Nohou Sounder forward Jordan Morris blew past the Galaxy defender who were at midfield and crossed the ball  from the left side to a  wide open Roldan. Roldan blasted the  ball into the back of the Galaxy goal for the  1-0 lead just 12 minutes into the game.

MORRIS BLAST

Morris’ made it 2-0 in the 38th minute, beating the Galaxy offside trap on a long through ball from Nico Lodeiro before slotting a shot past goalkeeper David Bingham. It was the seventh goal of the season for Morris, second on the team behind Raúl Ruidíaz. Lodeiro tallied his fifth assist of the season, giving him 60 in MLS action (including postseason) since signing with Sounders FC in July of 2016.

ROLDAN DOUBLES UP

Roldan completed his brace in the 61st minute, getting behind the defense on a ball from João Paulo and chipping the onrushing Bingham to make it 3-0. The Southern California native now has six career MLS regular season goals against the Galaxy, the most of any Seattle player in club history.

Sebastian Lletget pulled one back for the Galaxy in the 88th minute, but it wasn’t enough, as the Rave Green bring three points back to Seattle ahead of next weekend’s home match with Cascadia rival Vancouver. Sounders FC has now lost just once in its last 10 regular-season matchups with the Galaxy (5-1-4), dating back to October of 2015.

MATCH NOTES 

  • Including postseason play, Sunday night’s contest in Southern California was the 35th all-time meeting between Sounders FC and the LA Galaxy. In regular season action, Seattle has posted a record of 9-10-10, including a 4-6-5 record on the road. Seattle has lost just once in its last 10 regular season matchups with the Galaxy (5-1-4), dating back to October of 2015.
  • With the opening goal of the match, Cristian Roldan netted his first strike of 2020. He added another tally in the 61st minute. In his sixth professional season with the Rave Green, the University of Washington product now has 22 regular-season goals.
  • Jordan Morris fed Roldan the assist on the opening goal, giving the Mercer Island native six assists on the season, leading the team in this category and moving him into a four-way tie for the third-best mark in the league. Morris now has 18 regular season assists all-time.

MATCH SUMMARY

Seattle Sounders FC 3 – 1 LA Galaxy

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Venue: Dignity Health Sports Park

Referee: Jair Marrufo

Assistants: Frank Anderson, Andrew Bigelow

Fourth Official: Joe Dickerson

VAR: Guido Gonzalez Jr.

Attendance: Closed Door

Weather: 69 and sunny

SCORING SUMMARY

SEA – Cristian Roldan (Jordan Morris, Nouhou) 12′

SEA – Jordan Morris (Nicolás Loderio) 38′

SEA – Cristian Roldan (João Paulo) 61′

LA – Sebastian Lletget (Rolf Feltscher, Cristian Pavón) 88′

MISCONDUCT SUMMARY

LA – Julian Araujo 40′

LINEUPS & STATS

Seattle Sounders FC – Stefan Frei, Kelvin Leerdam (Alex Roldan 69′), Yeimar Gómez Andrade (Shane O’Neill 79′), Nouhou (Miguel Ibarra 82′), Xavier Arreaga, Gustav Svensson (Jordy Delem 79′), João Paulo, Cristian Roldan, Nicolás Lodeiro – captain, Jordan Morris, Will Bruin (Brad Smith 70′)

Substitutes not used: Stefan Cleveland, Joshua Atencio

Total shots: 12

Shots on goal: 7

Fouls: 3

Offside: 4

Corner-kicks: 5

Saves: 4

LA Galaxy – David Bingham, Emiliano Insúa (Diedie Traore 78′), Daniel Steres, Nick DePuy, Julian Araujo (Efrain Álvarez 53′), Rolf Feltscher, Jonathan dos Santos – captain, Joe Corona (Perry Kitchen 78′), Sebastian Lleget (Gordon Wild 89′), Cristian Pavón, Javier Hernandez

Substitutes not used: Jonathan Klinsmann, Giancarlo González, Emil Cuello, Sacha Kljestan, Ethan Zubak

Total shots: 9

Shots on goal: 5

Fouls: 9

Offside: 3

Corner-kicks: 8

Saves: 4

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