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LOS ANGELES GALAXY (1-2-2; 5 POINTS) vs. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (2-1-1; 7 POINTS)4 p.m. Sunday, StubHub Center; Carson, CaliforniaTV: FS1. RADIO: 97.3 FMHEAD TO HEAD: Los Angeles leads the regular-season series 6-4-5 overall and 3-1-1 at home. The teams split 1-1-1 last season before the Galaxy eliminated Seattle in the Western Conference final. This is the first of three matches this season. The teams will meet again Aug. 9 at LA and Oct. 4 in Seattle.NOTES: These are the top two teams in MLS since the Sounders entered the league in 2009. Over that time, LA has averaged 1.73 points per game, Seattle 1.69. … Los Angeles hasn’t won since opening day. … The Galaxy is unbeaten over 23 consecutive matches at StubHub Center, outscoring opponents 59-16. … Los Angeles has been shutout in back-to-back matches, both road losses. The Sounders have three clean sheets in their first four matches. … Robbie Keane leads LA with two goals, and Jose Villareal with two assists. Keane is the reigning MLS MVP. … Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins have three goals each for Seattle, and Dempsey has two assists. ... No Sounders were announced as unavailable due to injury. However, midfielder Osvaldo Alonso is expected to be limited to around 70 minutes as he gains fitness after a groin injury. Seattle will be without midfielder Gonzalo Pineda, who received a red card in the previous match against Houston. Potential replacements are Micheal Azira, Andy Rose or Cristian Roldan. … LA has averaged 23,044 attendance for its first two home games. … The referee is Mark Geiger.QUOTE: “They play a 4-4-2 like we do, so it really comes down to winning your individual duels, or winning your area of the field. If you can dominate your area of the field, that gives us a much better chance of winning.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid
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