Sounders fans can enjoy all the barbecue, parades, food and fun on the Fourth of July ... but coming evening they might have to decide between football and fireworks, as the Sounders kick off at Los Angeles at 7:30 p.m. at Home Depot Center.
Here's a little of what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say Saturday:
The (4-0 loss) in May, we felt the score wasn’t reflective of the game. But the only way we can prove that is to go out there and play well in LA against them. But they’re a team that puts a lot of emphasis on defending. They’re looking to defend, they’re looking to counter. They try to get through on the speed of Donovan and Buddle and then get some support players there as well. We just need to make sure that we do a good job dealing with the counter. But playing-wise, style-wise, they really didn’t play any different while Donovan and Buddle were gone. Obviously those guys are class players and Buddle was the best forward in the league prior to leaving; and Donovan, the name says itself.
And here's a quick scouting report:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (4-7-3; 15 pts.)AT LOS ANGELES GALAXY (10-1-3; 33 pts.)7:30 p.m., Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.TV: ESPN2, KONG 6/16.RADIO: 97.3 FM (1210 AM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: 1-1-1 in MLS meetings. Seattle won last season’s match at Home Depot Center, 2-0. Los Angeles won the earlier meeting this season, 4-0, at Qwest Field.TEAM LEADERS: For Seattle – G 5 Fredy Montero; A 5, Montero; S 35, Montero; SOG, 13 Montero. For LA – G 9 Edson Buddle; A 9 Donovan; S 40, Buddle; SOG 18, Buddle.