It's a holiday for most of us, but it's a work day for the Sounders and Galaxy, who meet in a game with Supporters Shield implications at 7:45 p.m.
We talked a little last week with coach Sigi Schmid about working holidays being part of the job:
"I was coach of the Galaxy, so we always played on the Fourth at the Rose Bowl," he said. "It was an immense five-hour show. And now since I’ve been here we’ve always played on the Fourth of July. It was only my time in Columbus we didn’t have a game on July Fourth. It seemed we always had a game on the second or the third. As a soccer coach, I guess, over the years you kind of get used to missing holidays. Thanksgiving ended up being ODP (Olympic Development Program) camp, so you had to scout as a college coach. So that takes care of that holiday. Labor Day you’re usually playing a game with your college team or your pro team, so that takes care of that holiday. Memorial Day you’re usually playing, so that takes care of that holiday. Christmas usually works out fairly well. New Year’s you’re getting ready to leave for the combine, so you can celebrate for about a half hour and then you move on. It’s something you just get used to. It’s part of the schedule. I think it’s great for the fans. It’s a game with fireworks and draws a lot of attention. There are a lot of games on ESPN2 this weekend, and I think that’s good for the sport."
A quick overview on tonight's game:
SOUNDERS FC (8-4-7; 31 PTS.)AT LOS ANGELES GALAXY (9-2-8; 35)7:45 p.m., Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.TV: ESPN2. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The Galaxy leads 5-1-1 in league play, including a 1-0 win March 15 in Seattle.TEAM LEADERS: For Seattle – G 4, Brad Evans and Alvaro Fernandez; A 4, Fredy Montero and Mauro Rosales; S 50, Montero; SOG 19, Montero; GAA 0.95, Kasey Keller. For LA – G 8, Landon Donovan; A 7, David Beckham; S 34, Chad Barrett; SOG 13, Barrett and Donovan; GAA 0.53; Donovan Ricketts. NOTES: Seattle is four points behind league-leader Los Angeles in the Supporters Shield race. …The Galaxy has a 10-game unbeaten streak. The Sounders have a six-game unbeaten streak, including three straight wins. …Los Angeles is 4-0-4 at home; Seattle is 3-2-4 away. … This is the 16th straight season when the Galaxy has played at home on the Fourth of July. They are 9-4-2 in those games. …L.A. goalkeeper Brian Perk is expected to make his MLS debut, filling in for Ricketts, who is out with an arm injury, and Josh Saunders, who is serving a red-card suspension. This will be the first time the Galaxy has started neither Ricketts nor Saunders in goal since October 2008. Perk made two saves Tuesday in the Galaxy’s 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Blues in U.S. Open Cup play. … Beckham (back) also is not expected to play. However, Donovan is back from duty with the U.S. national team. … Sounders Servando Carrasco and James Riley are one caution away from yellow-card suspension. …The Galaxy will debut a dark-blue third kit. … The Sounders and Galaxy will meet again July 12 or 13th in the Open Cup quarterfinals. …The referee is Ricardo Salazar.QUOTABLE: “Obviously beating L.A. or going down there and getting a good result – if it’s a draw, depending on how the game rolls out – that goes a long way in showing … (the Galaxy) that they’re going to have a tough run.” – Keller.NEXT: 1 p.m. Sunday, at Portland Timbers.