The Los Angeles Galaxy were defeated by the Seattle Sounders, 4-0, on Aug. 5 at CenturyLink Field. Seattle has outscored the Galaxy, 6-0, in two matches at Seattle this season.
With David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez in the lineup, the LA Galaxy had all of their stars and it still didn't matter. L.A. was completely outplayed by Seattle from the start of the match. The Sounders played to their tendencies and improved to 10-0-1 in 2012 when scoring first. Everything for our side seemed a bit off playing on the artificial surface in Seattle. The passing wasn't crisp, either because it was misjudged and the ball was struck too hard or the turf made the ball skip unpredictably. The defenders were a step too slow all match long and the offense only put two of their 13 shots on target.
Mauro Rosales had a great match for Seattle and assisted on the first and fourth goals. Eddie Johnson, Fredy Montero, Alex Caskey and Andy Rose all scored for Seattle. Johnson's 10th goal of the season came just six minutes into the game when he headed home a cross from Rosales. Montero converted on a difficult shot with his momentum going away from goal in the 52nd minute. About ten minutes later, Caskey scored from long range on a big rebound which Josh Saunders punched out of the penalty area. Rose got behind the Galaxy defense and slotted a low cross home in the 88th minute to cap the scoring.
The unfortunate theme of conceding a goal within in the first 15 minutes and last 15 minutes of the match played out against Seattle. The sixth minute goal marked the seventh time that the Galaxy had conceded within the first 15 minutes during the 2012 season. Rose's late goal was the eighth goal conceded in the final 15 minutes for our side this year.
The 4-0 defeat was the worst loss of the season for L.A. and was completely unexpected after their performance in July. The Galaxy will have to wait until Aug. 12 to get back on the pitch after the disappointing loss to Seattle.
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