An annually big game got even bigger with the potential presence of Robbie Rogers and the national television audience.
Here is our game preview from our Sunday TNT, and below, some bacics:
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (4-3-3; 15 POINTS)AT LOS ANGELES GALAXY (5-4-2; 17 POINTS)8 p.m., Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.TV: ESPN2. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Los Angeles leads, 4-3-2. Seattle took two of three regular-season meetings last season, with each team winning at home. The Galaxy is 4-0-1 over the Sounders’ last five visits to Home Depot Center.NOTES: Seattle comes in with a league-high three-game winning streak and a six-game unbeaten streak that ranks second in MLS. … The Sounders have scored four goals in each of their last two matches. Two more goals Sunday would match the club record of 10 goals over three games. Lamar Neagle and Obafemi Martins each have goals in the last two games, marking the first time two Sounders have scored in consecutive matches. … Los Angeles has lost three of its last four. However, the Galaxy still leads MLS in goal differential (seven). Seattle is tied for fourth (five). … This is a rematch of the 2012 Western Conference final, which was won by the Galaxy on 4-2 aggregate. … Robbie Rogers, acquired by the Galaxy on Saturday, will be in the 18-man roster if his needed paperwork arrives on time. However, his arrival came at the cost of midfielder Mike Magee, who led the Galaxy with six goals. Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane have two goals each. … Sounders midfielder Mauro Rosales (shoulder) is listed as questionable, while Osvaldo Alonso (groin) and Steve Zakuani (abdomen) are expected to be held out. … The referee is Baldomero Toledo.QUOTABLE: “It’s a game where you know you’ve going to get chances. You know that they’re going to get chances as well.” -- Sounders coach Sigi Schmid on playing the Galaxy.NEXT: The Sounders begin U.S. Open Cup play at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Seattle returns to MLS play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chivas USA.