Sounders fans can enjoy all the barbecue, parades, food and fun on the Fourth of July ... but coming evening they might have to decide between football and fireworks, as the Sounders kick off at Los Angeles at 7:30 p.m. at Home Depot Center.
Here's a little of what Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had to say Saturday:
The (4-0 loss) in May, we felt the score wasn’t reflective of the game. But the only way we can prove that is to go out there and play well in LA against them. But they’re a team that puts a lot of emphasis on defending. They’re looking to defend, they’re looking to counter. They try to get through on the speed of Donovan and Buddle and then get some support players there as well. We just need to make sure that we do a good job dealing with the counter. But playing-wise, style-wise, they really didn’t play any different while Donovan and Buddle were gone. Obviously those guys are class players and Buddle was the best forward in the league prior to leaving; and Donovan, the name says itself.
And here's a quick scouting report:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (4-7-3; 15 pts.)AT LOS ANGELES GALAXY (10-1-3; 33 pts.)7:30 p.m., Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.TV: ESPN2, KONG 6/16.RADIO: 97.3 FM (1210 AM in Spanish).HEAD TO HEAD: 1-1-1 in MLS meetings. Seattle won last season’s match at Home Depot Center, 2-0. Los Angeles won the earlier meeting this season, 4-0, at Qwest Field.TEAM LEADERS: For Seattle – G 5 Fredy Montero; A 5, Montero; S 35, Montero; SOG, 13 Montero. For LA – G 9 Edson Buddle; A 9 Donovan; S 40, Buddle; SOG 18, Buddle.
: Donovan and Buddle will return to the Galaxy after missing five games due to duty with the U.S. World Cup team in South Africa. … David Beckham could be out for the season due to an Achilles injury. Out for Seattle due to knee injuries are midfielders Brad Evans and Michael Fucito, and defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado. Defensive midfielder Osvaldo Alonso is expected to miss his seventh straight match with a quadriceps strain. However, forward Nate Jaqua could make his home debut after recovering from an abdominal injury. … The league-leading Galaxy is coming off of back-to-back non-wins for the first time this season, and was shut out in each game. The Sounders are coming off of back-to-back losses and surrendered three goals in each. … LA is 5-0-1 at home; Seattle is 1-3-2 on the road. … Los Angeles hasn’t allowed more than one goal in any game this season. … LA’s Bruce Arena will coach the MLS all-stars July 28 against Manchester United. He is a former coach at the University of Puget Sound and of the U.S. national team. Seattle coach Sig Schmid coached the Galaxy from 1999-2004. … This game marks the MLS season midpoint for both teams. … The referee is Steve Petrescu.NEXT:
The clubs meet again at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals at Starfire Sports Stadium in Tukwila. Seattle returns to league play at 7:30 p.m. July 11 vs. FC Dallas at Qwest Field.