It's gone final: LA, 3-1. It's Seattle's fifth loss in their last six league games, and the third straight game/loss giving up three goals.
Nate Jaqua and Michael Seamon both came on to add some life in the second half.
The game was played before a sellout crowd of 27,000 at Home Depot Center.
Here it is by the numbers:
Scoring SummaryLA - Buddle (Donovan) 19'LA - Juninho (Stephens) 48'SEA - Zakuani (Montero) 66'LA - Own Goal (Riley) 77' Seattle Sounders FC: Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke, Tyrone Marshall, Leo Gonzalez, Patrick Ianni, Peter Vagenas (Michael Seamon 51), Freddie Ljungberg (Miguel Montano 83), Steve Zakuani, Pat Noonan (Nate Jaqua 45), Fredy Montero. Substitutes Not Used: Terry Boss, Zach Scott, Nathan Sturgis, Sanna Nyassi. TOTAL SHOTS: 9; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; CORNER KICKS: 1; OFFSIDES: 4; FOULS: 12; SAVES: 2. LA Galaxy: Donovan Ricketts, Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Gregg Berhalter, Todd Dunivant, Landon Donovan, Chris Birchall, Juninho (Alex Cazumba 85), Michael Stephens, Edson Buddle (Alan Gordon 62), Tristan Bowen (Chris Klein 75). Substitutes Not Used: Josh Saunders, A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Jovan Kirovski. TOTAL SHOTS: 15; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; CORNER KICKS: 11; OFFSIDES: 1; FOULS: 15; SAVES: 3. Misconduct Summary:SEA - Marshall (caution; Tactical Foul) 82'LA - Cazumba (caution; Reckless Foul) 89' Referee: Silviu PetrescuReferee's Assistants: Anthony Vasoli; Ian Anderson4th Official: Ricardo SalazarTime of Game: 1:52Attendance: 27,000Weather: Clear and 73 degrees
The game is being replayed at 10 tonight on FSN, and again at noon Monday.
77th minute: Gordon rolls a cross into the box, and James Riley -- with Donovan right behind him -- slides and sends the ball into his own goal. LA up 3-1. It's he third consecutive game the Sounders have surrendered three goals, and that kind of bleeding is a death sentence.
66th minute: Ianni steals just on Sounders side of midfield, passes to Zakuani, who carries across midfield, passed to Montero, who returns it. Zakuani then makes a strong cut into the box and finishes low to the far side. LA, 2-1.
48th minute: LA goes up 2-0 as Juninho sizzles on from 30 yards or so... part of the price the Sounders pay for giving him acres of space.
Second-half change: Jaqua in for Noonan.
Halftime: LA fully in control as they go to half up, 1-0. Sounders coach Sigi Schmid sounded plenty unhappy during the sideline interview, calling the performance terrible and implying halftime changes especially at midfield.
A couple of telling stats: 12 LA shots and Nine LA corners in the half.
20th minute: Utter LA domination over the first 19 minutes, and in the 20th they finally broke through with Edson Buddle heading in a Landon Donovan corner kick. It's Buddle's MLS-leading 10th goal of the season.
Lineups: Here's how the Sounders are going: G Keller; D Gonzalez, Marshall, Parke, Riley; M Zakuani, Ianni, Vagenas, Ljungberg; F Noonan, Jaqua.
I was most interested -- and remain so -- about Jaqua's role for tonight.
Meanwhile, both Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle are in the lineup for LA.
Pregame: I'm opening this post for in-game reports (from TV ... I'm not there), and for in-game and post-game discussion.
I'll be back as soon as I get word on lineups.