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MLS Snapshot: SEA’s unbeaten run hits 12; points dropped vs. LA

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The game in 100 words (or less): On the bright side, the Seattle Sounders’ unbeaten run was extended to an even dozen games on Sunday. On the not-so-bright side, anytime you draw the ninth-place team, a team with one win in their last 11 games, and do so at home, it’s two points dropped rather than a point earned. With a chance to leapfrog the Portland Timbers for the Western Conference’s top spot (and do so with a game in hand, no less), a 1-1 draw is all Brian Schmetzer’s side could muster, in comeback fashion nonetheless, against the LA Galaxy. Gyasi Zardes put the visitors ahead not long before the half-hour mark, setting the stage for Lamar Neagle to play the role of late-game hero five minutes from full-time.

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Three moments that mattered

25′ — Zardes heads past Frei for 1-0 — Romain Alessandrini did the tough part — creating space for the cross, and delivering a perfect ball onto Zardes’ head — and Zardes headed it all the way across goal, which gave Stefan Frei no chance of making the save.

85′ — Neagle slams home a beautiful cross from Torres — The finish is tougher than most will give Neagle credit for, but the real story here is (center back) Roman Torres with the first-time cross off a 50-yard diagonal from Osvaldo Alonso.

89′ — Torres sent off for nothing, really — Torres sent off for… Jermaine Jones being clumsy/uncoordinated? No video review to re-assess the decision? Sounds about right.

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Man of the match: Kelvin Leerdam

Goalscorers: Zardes (25′), Neagle (85′)

LA Galaxy end losing skid, maintain very faint playoff pulse

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CARSON, Calif. (AP) Romain Alessandrini and Gyasi Zardes each had a goal and an assist to help the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Colorado Rapids 3-0 on Saturday night and snap a 10-game winless streak, including four consecutive losses.

Los Angeles (7-14-5) won for the first time since a 3-1 victory at Colorado on June 21.

Alessandrini converted from the spot in the 18th minute after Zardes drew a penalty on goalkeeper Zac MacMath. Emmanuel Boateng blasted a left-footer, off a header from Zardes, from the top of the box to make it 2-0 in the 23rd. Zardes capped the scoring in the 56th minute, tapping Alessandrini’s cross into an open net from point-blank range.

The Rapids (6-16-4) have lost have lost four in a row since Steve Cooke was named interim head coach, replacing Pablo Mastroeni, on August 15th and are winless in their last nine.

Jon Kempin had two saves and his second-career shutout.

Sigi Schmid, who was named the Galaxy’s head coach on July 27, got his first win with team since 2004. He was named MLS Coach of the Year with Los Angeles in 1999 before winning the Supporters’ Shield and the MLS Cup with the club in 2002.

Ashley Cole becomes latest Galaxy player sidelined by injured

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Plenty of changes were made to the LA Galaxy this offseason, and now injuries are also plaguing the five-time MLS Cup winners.

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New Galaxy manager Curt Onolfo this week that defender Ashley Cole suffered a calf injury in the team’s preseason friendly against Real Salt Lake on Tuesday.

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The Los Angeles Times in reporting that Cole’s injury could keep him out for around a month, which would leave him absent of the Galaxy’s first three matches against FC Dallas, the Portland Timbers and RSL.

The 36-year-old Cole joined the Western Conference side in 2016 after a lengthy and successful European career. In his debut season, Cole made 26 starts for the Galaxy and scored a goal in that span.

In addition to Cole’s injury, the Galaxy are currently without outside back Robbie Rogers and USMNT attacker Gyasi Zardes, who have both undergone surgeries in the past two months.

USMNT’s Zardes nearing return for LA… but not this week

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Gyasi Zardes waits on X-rays, and it’s not just a matter for LA Galaxy concern.

Yes, the MLS side is chasing its sixth Cup and has as many as two playoff matches coming in the next five days.

But Jurgen Klinsmann has regularly called upon the 25-year-old attacker for the United States men’s national team who, in case you haven’t heard, have two of the toughest World Cup qualifiers on their slate in the next few weeks.

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There’s good news and bad news. First, the good, from MLSSoccer.com:

Gyasi Zardes, returning from a broken foot this past August, happily took to the field with his teammates in a sign of a potential return in time for the postseason. The offensive favorite spent a little under an hour with the team, not quite completing a full training session, but definitely close to returning to his usual fitness.

Now the less good: Zardes cannot return until his next scheduled X-ray on the aforementioned broken foot.

That X-ray comes next Thursday – well after Wednesday’s game and any weekend matches.

Will a fit Zardes instantly reclaim a spot in Klinsmann’s 23? Wingers have had strong performances in his stead, and the coach’s take on that position is a bit unknown as we anticipate the United States and Mexico in Columbus on Nov. 11.

Gyasi Zardes to miss the remainder of MLS regular season

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U.S. Men’s National Team and LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes will miss the rest of the MLS regular season with a broken bone in his right foot.

It was initially believed on Monday that the U.S. attacker could be out until the end of 2016 after suffering the injury in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Zardes was taken down by Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston during the latter stages of the match, with the Costa Rican apparently catching the inside of the 24-year-old’s foot, ultimately causing the injury.

Because of his extended absence, Zardes was ruled out of consideration for the USMNT squad ahead of their upcoming CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches vs. St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.