A wet day on the turf at CenturyLink Field has 60,000 Sounders fans watching a scoreless first half that has their team 45 minutes from the Supporters Shield.
The Galaxy, without Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez, were arguably the better team, but they need a goal for the honors. Even on points, Seattle has two more wins to hold tiebreaker power.
Stefan Frei was the game’s first hero, as he came out of the goal to close down Landon Donovan before the American legend could volley Stefan Ishizaki’s searching cross in the 15th minute.
Seattle possessed for a while after that, but the Galaxy were able to limit the chances. One thing neither team could do was avoid yellow cards, with Clint Dempsey and Dan Gargan picking up cautions within the first 22 minutes of a testy match. Donovan would later add a yellow of his own.
This, however, was not a card:
— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) October 25, 2014
Gyasi Zardes was betrayed by his first touch and a hard pass from Donovan in the 33rd minute, and Frei darted out to collect what could’ve been a good chance for L.A.
As mentioned, the Galaxy defended well all half (though a draw won’t do them any good):
— Graham Corking (@GRCorking) October 25, 2014
The teams traded end line chances near the end of the half, with Lamar Neagle foiled by the boundary and Donovan by Frei.
Seattle Sounders: Frei, Yedlin, Marshall, Scott, Gonzalez, Evans, Alonso, Pineda, Neagle, Dempsey, Martins
Subs: Hahnemann, Traore, Anibaba, Azira, Pappa, Cooper, Barrett
Los Angeles Galaxy: Penedo; Gargan, DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Rogers; Ishizaki, Sarvas, Juninho, Husidic; Donovan, Zardes
Subs: Rowe, Villarreal, Gordon, Meyer, Garcia, Walker, Sorto