Two of Sounders FC’s biggest stars provided the heroics tonight, while two of the Los Angeles Galaxy’s biggest stars sat home.
Eddie Johnson recorded his second goal in five days, while Fredy Montero got his first goal of the season in leading the Sounders to a 2-0 win over the defending MLS Cup champions.
The game was played before a crowd of 39,002 at CenturyLink Field.
Both teams were playing the middle game in a stretch of three games over eight days, and Los Angeles traveled without David Beckham and goals-leader Robbie Keane.
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Seattle coach Sigi Schmid started with a more conventional lineup.
However, the Sounders played the final 45 minutes with Bryan Meredith making his MLS debut in goal after starter Michael Gspurning left with a right hip injury.
Meredith was a second round pick in the 2011 SuperDraft, spent last season leading the Kitsap Pumas to the PDL title, and returned to camp this season. Injuries to reserve keepers Andrew Weber and Josh Ford also aided his climb up the depth chart.
Seattle (5-1-1) dominated Los Angeles (3-4-1) most of the way and had the best chances. A couple of the early ones involved Montero, the Sounders’ career goals leader who hadn’t managed any over this season’s first six games.
The Sounders finally broke through in the 40th minute, as Mauro Rosales launched a pass from the top of the attacking third. It came down near the penalty kick spot, where Johnson got his head to it, and snapped the ball past Los Angeles goalkeeper Bill Gaudette, who was making his second start of the season.
Montero’s breakthrough finally came in the 48th minute, when Los Angeles allowed him to carry the ball through space. About 35 yards out, he pulled the trigger, sizzling the ball over Gaudette’s outstretched arm and into the far top corner.
The Sounders return to training tomorrow, turning their attention to their next league game, Saturday when Philadelphia visits CenturyLink.