The stars were at their dimmest for the visiting Los Angles Galaxy (3-4-1) Wednesday night as the rave green of Seattle Sounders FC (5-1-1) dominated the California boys for the entire 90 minutes in the 2-0 victory.
Goals from the Seattle striker duo of Eddie Johnson and Fredy Montero, paired with the rock-solid performance of the Sounders back line gave the rave green their third straight victory.
Johnson opened the scoring 40 minutes into the match after powering a deep Mauro Rosales cross into the unforgiving CenturyLink field turf and through the arms of backup Galaxy keeper Bill Gaudette. The goal was Johnson’s second in as many matches as he is quickly showing fans the quality he will bring to the pitch this season.
Johnson’s strike wasn’t Seattle’s first chance of the match though as a Gaudette luck-filled double save on Johnson and Montero after 20 minutes kept the match from going 1-0 early on.
Without the likes of David Beckham and Robbie Keane, the Galaxy looked uninspired, uncreative and in poor form. Stepping into their roles where a crew of young players including Sean Franklin, a converted left back who took over Beckham’s slot on the wing.
Possibly the biggest news at half though was the exit of Sounders goalkeeper and birthday boy Michael Gspurning who was replaced by Bryan Meredith at the break. Gspurning showed no signs of discomfort on the pitch, but it was reported that he left due to a right hip injury. He is also expected to miss Saturday’s match against Philadelphia.
The second half opened with a bang off the foot of Montero who opened up his 2012 scoring account with an early MLS Goal of the Year candidate, as the 24-year-old Colombian striker blasted a shot from 40 yards out into the top-left corner of the LA net.
If the Sounders are able to get Johnson and Montero on a roll at the same time, there is no doubt that the scoreboard will continue to light up in Seattle’s favor.
The rest of the second half was largely uneventful for both sides, with LA getting their first shot on goal of the match 58 minutes in. The second half was also host to mass subs as the Galaxy brought in Edson Buddle, Mike Magee to replace their second-string starting forwards Adam Cristman and Chad Barrett. Former Sounder Pat Noonan also came on for defender Bryan Jordan late in the match.
The Sounders now head into their third match in seven days as the Philadelphia Union come to Seattle to face a rave green side that may see a few stars taking a seat for fatigue purposes.