Since MLS adopted the two-game, aggregate-score series in 2003, only San Jose this week and the 2006 Colorado Rapids have advanced after losing the opener at home. Six others have advanced after losing an opener on the road.
“I don’t think it’s something that is insurmountable,” Sounders coch Schmid said this week. “I think it matters how the game goes early on. … We will see if they are a little more offensively inclined at home. If they are going to play (as defensively as they did in Seattle) that’s something we will determine early on in the game and then the rest of the game will flow out of that. We have been a good road team.”
The numbers support Schmid’s point: At 6-6-3, the Sounders were the second-best road team in the league (behind Los Angeles) and have won three of their last four league games away from home. The Galaxy, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three at home.
Other numbers tell different tales.
*The Galaxy has beaten the Sounders in all three league meetings this season – by a combined 8-1.
*Los Angeles’ all-time home playoff record is 19-2-1, while outscoring their opponents 55-16. The Galaxy’s last home playoff loss came in 1998. Since then, they have gone 15-0-1. *Seattle is 1-1 against the Galaxy at Home Depot Center, with the win coming 2-0 last season.
*Seattle has never scored in the postseason – a stretch that now stands at 300 minutes, 60 short of the MLS postseason record.