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Saturday comes ... but gameday doesn't

It feels a little odd to be sitting here on a Saturday afternoon with no game to go to. The upside, I guess, is a chance to watch FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo at 6 p.m. on ESPN2, and get in a little advance scouting for the Sounders game in Dallas next week.

Today also gave us one extra day to get Sigi Schmid to spill his guts about tomorrow's starting lineup, although that didn't go over so well.

Me: "Is today the day you're going to tell us your lineup?"

Schmid: "No."

We got a little more out of him on a couple of other topics:

On LA: "They've got a couple of very gifted individuals up front in Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle. And then they have guys who have a lot of experience and serve a good ball on the flanks in Eddie Lewis and (Chris) Klein. So when you have people like that on the field it makes them very dangerous."

On whether LA's Landon Donovan belongs in the discussion as MLS' best player: "He does. When Landon comes to play, there's nobody who can do some of the things that he can do. His fitness level is supurb. He's technically very clean. He gets up and down the field."

On LA's record, which includes a one-goal win, a one-goal loss and five draws: "They're playing a style that allows them to stay in the game. What's what every coach wants to do, he wants to give his team a chance to win the game. Right now they style that they're playing and the manner in which they're playing gives them a chance to win the game."

Finally, a short look ahead to tomorrow's game:

LOS ANGELES GALAXY (1-1-5, 8 pts.)

AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (4-2-1; 14 pts.)

Noon Sunday, Qwest Field.

TV:
KONG 6/16.

Radio: 97.3 FM, and in Spanish on 1210 AM.

Head-to-head: This is the first regular-season meeting. The Sounders visit Los Angeles on Aug. 15.

Statistical leaders: For LA, G: 5 Landon Donovan; A: 3 Donovan; Sh: 19 Donovan; SOG: 9 Donovan. For Seattle: G: 3 Fredy Montero; A: 3 Osvaldo Alonso; Sh: 18 Montero; SOG: 6 Montero.

Coach Sigi Schmid scouting report: "L.A. is an interesting team from the standpoint that they try and stay in every game. … They sort of play it somewhat conservatively. They don't push out real high and pressure you in your end of the field, although they will do it once in a while. But they try and give themselves a chance to be in a game, to hang around, and to rely on the individual abilities of some very talented players like Landon Donovan and (Edson) Buddle and Eddie Lewis, looking for a set piece, looking for a bit of magic from some of those players. So we have to be careful. We can't get lulled in and get caught with too many guys forward at the wrong times."

Notes: Montero is ineligible after being assessed with a red card last weekend at Chicago. … L.A.'s best-known player – David Beckham – as is unavailable while on loan to AC Milan. … Donovan is the MLS scoring leader with five goals and three assists. … The Galaxy is unbeaten over its last five games. They scored twice in stoppage time last week to draw at Real Salt Lake. … Schmid coached the Galaxy from 1999-2004. L.A. coach Bruce Arena got his first coaching job at the University of Puget Sound. … The game is sold out.

Next: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, at FC Dallas, Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas; KONG 6/16.

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