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MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders

Sigi Schmid faces tough test against former club as LA Galaxy battle Seattle Sounders

LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders Preview and Prediction

Major League Soccer: LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders

StubHub Center – Saturday, July 29 – 22:00 ET (03:00 BST)

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 13/10 – Draw 12/5 – Seattle 15/8

LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders: Preview

LA Galaxy host Seattle Sounders on Saturday night in what is surely the biggest game of the weekend. The reason? Sigi Schmid. Major League Soccer’s most successful manager is back. His job is to get the Galaxy back to the top. And his first test will be against former club Seattle.

It’s been a year and three days since Schmid was sacked by the Sounders after seven-and-a-half years of service. Now he has to inspire some confidence into his newly adopted LA Galaxy team, and fast.

The Galaxy are 9th in the West coming into the weekend. They’re not used to that end of the table and have now lost five-straight MLS games. Last week’s 4-3 defeat at New England proved to be Curt Onalfo’s final game as he has made way for Schmid.

The Galaxy know they have the squad to climb the table over the remaining weeks of the season. They are currently five points behind Vancouver Whitecaps in the final playoff slot, but have played one game more.

Seattle Sounders come into the weekend in good form after winning back-to-back home games last week against DC United and San Jose Earthquakes. They scored seven goals in those two thrilling outings and have now won three on the spin in MLS.

Their upturn in form has fired them back into the top six and back into the picture for the Western Conference lead. They trail FC Dallas by just four points coming into this one.

It was this time last season that saw Seattle start their fine run towards the MLS Cup title. They only lost two of their final 14 league games to force their way into the most unlikely of playoff spots. Another strong end to the season can’t be ruled out.

This will be the second meeting between the pair of three this season. Seattle stunned LA by winning 3-0 at StubHub back in April. That came after they won 4-2 at LA last September. They are looking to make it three-straight wins away at LA Galaxy for the first time ever.

 

LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders: Team News

LA Galaxy might roll out a 4-3-3 with Schmid now back at the helm. However, Jack McBean will serve a one-match suspension and is unavailable. Robbie Rogers, Baggio Husidic and Sebastian Lletget all remain injured. LA confirmed the DP signing of Jonathan Dos Santos on Thursday and he will likely be in line for a first MLS start here.

Seattle Sounders will be hoping Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris are fit to start after the pair helped the USA to win the 2017 Gold Cup on Wednesday night. Nicolas Lodeiro is back after serving his suspension. A knee sprain is keeping Osvaldo Alonso on the sidelines for a few more weeks.

LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders: Key Points

LA Galaxy’s last five: L/L/L/L/L

Seattle Sounders’ last five: D/D/W/W/W

Key Stat: LA Galaxy have the league’s worst home form this season. They have picked up just six points from a possible 30 at StubHub.

Key Player: Romain Alessandrini – If anyone is going to carry LA out of their slump, it’s the man who’s done it more than anyone else this season already. Alessandrini has been good in his debut MLS campaign, scoring eight times and assisting eight more.

LA Galaxy vs Seattle Sounders: Prediction

LA Galaxy 2-2 Seattle Sounders – The arrival of Schmid should spark a change at the Galaxy. But it’s hard to tell if it will inspire them to an immediate improvement against a strong Sounders outfit here. With the attacking qualities that both sides possess, it’s easy to see this one being high-scoring. But ultimately, this looks like it could end all square.

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About Louis East (1295 Articles)
Editor of MLSGB.com. Premier League and MLS reporter.

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