Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy
Venue: CenturyLink Field – Saturday, July 9 – 15:00 ET (20:00 BST)
Match Odds: Seattle 11/8 – Draw 12/5 – LA Galaxy 19/10
Seattle’s season has been a difficult one for fans to take so far, they sit 9th in the West and trail the top six by seven points.
Sigi Schmid is under a huge amount of pressure to get his Sounders side playing to work up the table, finishing outside the playoff places would be disastrous but there is plenty of time to turn things around.
Sounders come into this one off the back of their 1-1 draw with Toronto, a positive result that ended a two-game losing streak. They must now build upon that point and aim to take all three this time out.
LA Galaxy are sitting 4th in the West and will be far happier with how their season is currently going compared to their opponents.
There are still a lot of things that Galaxy need to improve on, especially away form, as they have only won one of their last 13 on the road.
Galaxy come into this one off the back of their 2-0 win over Vancouver, ending a seven-game winless run. Now is the time for LA to find form and really push on to challenge for the Supporters’ Shield.
Bruce Arena will be pleased to see some of his star players back in the side and on form, Robbie Keane scored on his return last time out and Steven Gerrard played a key role with both assists. He will be expecting his experienced players to step up here.
Seattle Sounders have two injury concerns as Roman Torres is expected to be out, while Brad Evans is a doubt.
LA Galaxy have one more injury concern than Seattle heading into this tie. Robbie Rogers is out, while Ariel Lassiter and Dan Kennedy are both questionable.
Seattle Sounders’ last five: L/W/L/L/D
LA Galaxy’s last five: D/L/D/D/W
Key Stat: Homesick – LA Galaxy have failed to win in 12 of their last 13 away games in Major League Soccer.
Key Player: Jordan Morris – The Seattle forward has been one of their best performers so far in a season of struggles. He has six goals and creating chances for him will give Sounders their best chance of winning this game.
Seattle Sounders 1-2 LA Galaxy – This is a tie Galaxy will be expecting to win despite their struggles on the road. Seattle have a lot of work to do to improve on this season and are not performing anywhere near their usual best.