Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sounders down big after first leg against L.A.

CARSON, Calif. - Robbie Keane had two goals and an assist as Sounders FC fell, 3-0, to the LA Galaxy in the first leg of the Western Conference Championship at the Home Depot Center. The series concludes next Sunday in the second leg at 6 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field.

Keane put the Galaxy on the board in first half stoppage time. Christian Wilhelmsson back-heeled a ball to Landon Donovan making a run in the box and Donovan cut a short cross near the end line that found the head of Keane for a strong header past Gspurning.

It was the first goal surrendered by Gspurning after the Austrian keeper had kept a 225-minute shutout streak to start the playoffs.

The Galaxy doubled their lead in the 64th minute when Keane fed a wide open Sean Franklin up the right side, and the defender crossed to Mike Magee who put it away for his third goal of the postseason.

Just three minutes later, a Donovan shot was deflected to Wilhelmsson in the box, and after Gspurning blocked the initial attempt Keane chased it down and tapped it in.

It was the fourth goal of the playoffs for Keane and his second straight brace.

Seattle was outshot 13-7 and 7-4 on goal. In the 31st minute, Osvaldo Alonso got an open shot from 25-yards out and in the 50th minute Brad Evans rose above the defense for a strong header on a corner kick from Mario Martinez, but Galaxy keeper Josh Saunders made both saves.

In the 57th minute, Alex Caskey cleared a dangerous ball from Donovan in front of the goal intended for Wilhelmsson. In the 71st minute, Gspurning dived to punch away a Marcelo Sarvas shot, and Jeff Parke slid to clear a ball off the line after Donovan's shot got past the keeper in the 76th minute.

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Scoring Summary:
LA - Robbie Keane (Landon Donovan) 45+1'
LA - Mike Magee (Sean Franklin, Robbie Keane) 64'
LA - Robbie Keane 67'


Seattle Sounders FC - Michael Gspurning, Adam Johansson, Jeff Parke, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Zach Scott, Mario Martinez, Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Alex Caskey (Steve Zakuani 73), Christian Tiffert (Andy Rose 73), Fredy Montero (Eddie Johnson 65).

Substitutes Not Used: Marcus Hahnemann, Servando Carrasco, David Estrada, Sammy Ochoa.

TOTAL SHOTS: 7; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 7; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 3; SAVES: 3.


LA Galaxy - Josh Saunders, Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Tommy Meyer, Todd Dunivant, Christian Wilhelmsson (Michael Stephens 77), Juninho (Marcelo Sarvas 46), David Beckham, Mike Magee, Landon Donovan (Jose Villarreal 84), Robbie Keane.

Substitutes Not Used: Brian Perk, Andew Boyens, Jack McBean, Bryan Gaul.

TOTAL SHOTS: 13; SHOTS ON GOAL: 7; FOULS: 12; OFFSIDE: 5; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 7.


Misconduct Summary:
SEA - Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (caution) 15'


Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee's Assistants: Frank Anderson, Corey E. Rockwell
4th Official: Sorin Stoica
Attendance: 27,000
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Clear and 59 degrees