The Los Angeles defeated the Seattle Sounders by the score of 1 to 0 in the first leg of the Western Conference Final on Sunday from the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. This game was the first of two matchups between both teams. The talk of this game was to United States Men's National Team superstars in Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey. These two were facing against two Donovan for Los Angeles and Dempsey for Seattle.
This Seattle defense had only given up one goal in two playoff matches. The Galaxy definitely had their work cut out in this playoff matchup. This matchup would also feature a young upcoming United States Men's National Teal player in DeAndre Yedlin for Seattle as well as American-born striker Gyasi Zardes for the Galaxy.
Within the first 30 minutes in the first half, both teams had multiple scoring opportunities but couldn't score. The Galaxy had multiple scoring chances especially with scorer Robbie Keane. The Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei was certainly busy throughout this match being called upon numerous time for some big saves at key points. Second opportunities and chances helped the Sounders create scoring chances.
In the second half, more chances for both would come. In the 69th minute, the Galaxy would be on the board. Marcelo Sarvas scored against the Seattle Sounders giving the Galaxy a 1 to 0 lead. This goal was off of a deflection. Sarvas would leave the game with injury. Stefan Ishizaki nearly almost made it 2-0 but missed it on the Keane cross.
These two teams meet up next week for the final round between the two teams. This game will be played in Seattle and Seattle will be desperate for goals.