Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy will go head-to-head in arguably the most crucial game of the season at CenturyLink Field on Saturday as both teams fight to become the Supporters’ Shield winners.
Soccer games do not come bigger than this as these two Western Conference sides are the only teams that can now win the Supporters’ Shield title.
The formula is simple – LA Galaxy absolutely have to win the game in order to clinch it, whereas a draw would be enough for Seattle due to their superior ‘games won’ tally giving the Sounders the most slightest of advantages going in to it.
As it stands going in to the final game:Embed from Getty Images
Seattle Sounders come in to this game on the back of an inconsistent run of form with just two wins from their last six games so they will need to try and give it one final push to ensure they don’t fall at the final hurdle.
They have failed to beat LA Galaxy in their last six regular season meetings, so they will be relieved that they aren’t the team that has to win this game – their last win against the Galaxy was a resounding 4-0 success back in August 2012.
Seattle Sounders home form: Played 16 – Won 11 – Drawn 1 – Lost 4
Before a narrow defeat to FC Dallas and a thrilling draw with Seattle, LA Galaxy have been almost unstoppable, winning eight of the previous ten games and they’ve lost just three in their last 25 matches – an impressive record.
They were on the verge of a priceless victory on Sunday night when they led Seattle 2-0, so they will be devastated that they threw the game away but they have it in them to recover quickly and go again.
Inconsistency away from home would be the only concern for LA as five of their six defeats this season have come in games away from the StubHub Center.
Having said that, they convincingly brushed Seattle aside the last time they visited CenturyLink field in July and ran out 3-0 winners, so they will be hoping for a repeat performance.
Should LA Galaxy be victorious, they will become the most successful side in the history of the Supporters’ Shield with five titles – they are currently tied with DC United on four.
LA Galaxy’s away form: Played 16 – Won 5 – Drawn 6 – Lost 5Embed from Getty Images
It’s the biggest game of the regular season, it promises to be exciting and it’s unlikely to disappoint.
We can’t wait to see it all unfold.
Key Player: Obafemi Martins – The Nigerian is in the running for the MVP award for his efforts this season and if he performs to the best of his ability, he could drag Seattle over the finish line.
Key Stat: LA Galaxy have both the best attack (69 scored) and best defence in the league (35 conceded) so they will be hoping that counts for something come the end of the season.
Seattle Sounders last five: L/W/W/L/D
LA Galaxy’s last five: W/W/W/L/D
Prediction: Seattle Sounders 1 – 2 LA Galaxy