Huge day. The apotheosis of the Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles Galaxy’s rivalry happens tonight. Sorry for being so incommunicado readers. I am still recovering from the worst head cold of my life. Bad week to be on the PUP list, but I roused myself from post-holiday convalescence to boldly predict.
BOLD PREDICTION: The Sounders want to play a tight game. This starts in the middle third where Seattle had a hard time linking up with Oba and Clint. The availability of Seattle’s Ozzie Alonso and Marcelo Sarvas will be key. The midfield was won by L.A. last week with the absence of Ozzie, but if Sarvas’s health keeps him benched expect the opposite.
The Sounders, down a goal, need to push the attack. Maybe it’s the Sudafed talking (or the Dayquil, or maybe like Samuel Taylor Coleridge I was visited by an inspired fever dream): this game is going to be wide open. Bad news: the Galaxy will score first. Good News: The Sounders will score. A lot. Sigi does his best to have his charges follow the script of the last month and play tight in the back and score opportunistically. But Keane and Donovan are too good to keep at zero.
The score is tied 1-1 at halftime. The Sounders score early after the break to take the lead in the game and tie the series. Around the 60th minute, L.A. scores what seems to be the dagger. With their backs against the wall, like it was back in April against Portland, or in the US Open Cup against Philly, Seattle goes all cardiac kids and puts two more in at the death. Sounders win 4-2, and the series on 4-3 aggregate.