The Seattle Sounders FC increased their MLS unbeaten streak to six games on Aug. 4, handing the Los Angeles Galaxy a 4-0 thrashing at a packed CenturyLink Field. With the win, the Sounders move closer to the first place San Jose Earthquakes on the MLS Western Conference table, currently trailing by only seven points.
"Obviously, the scoreline was great," Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid told reporters after the match. "We're happy about that. Today, being able to build a one goal lead and score three in the second half was good. We felt in the first half we were getting inches away from getting some combinations and connections together behind them. … I'm very happy with our character and what we displayed in the second half. Overall I'm just pleased with the performance."
Eddie Johnson opened up the scoreboard in the sixth minute of the contest, nodding a Mauro Rosales cross past Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders for his tenth goal of the season.
Seattle's offense slowed down a bit for the remainder of the first half, but they came back to life early in the second half, thanks to Fredy Montero, who sent a blocked Alex Caskey shot into the back of the post in the 52nd minute. Caskey scored the Sounders third goal nine minutes later, and Andy Rose gave the Sounders some extra insurance in the 88th minute, capitalizing on a nice pass from Marc Burch.
Given how much the Sounders have struggled during the 2012 MLS season, it's nice to see them playing like the best team in the league once again. They'll need all the momentum they can get from their impressive victory against the Galaxy, as they'll try to make history when they suit up against Sporting Kansas City on Aug. 8, for the chance to become the first team to win four consecutive US Open Cup titles.
"It's just basically for ourselves - a statement for ourselves," Schmid added. "It's us knowing, 'Hey, here's what we can do, here's the commitment that we have, this is the potential that we can achieve, and this is what we do as we continue to move forward.' It's about ourselves. It's about ourselves getting confidence in our ability to be able to take on big challenges, big games - we have another one on Wednesday - and respond well to those challenges."
LaGalaxy.com, "Postgame Notes & Quotes: Seattle Sounders vs LA Galaxy"
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