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Galaxy opens series with 1-0 home win

Final whistle. Galaxy 1, Sounders 0. Not best case scenario. Not a death sentence. They'll settle it in next Sunday at 6 p.m. at CenturyLink.

Here was coach Sigi Schmid's overview:

We wanted to make sure that we came out of the game and had ourselves in a position where we could do some damage at home. Obviously we would have preferred a tie or a win, but only losing 1-0, we don’t feel horrible about that. There were bits of the game that they certainly dominated, but we were happy. I thought we had some good looks. There was the double save that Penedo made in the first half. Right before they scored their goal on that deflection, Clint has a really good look at that end of the field. Sometimes it always happens in soccer and then the ball goes to the other end and you take a goal. But overall I was pleased with what we did out there. We gave away maybe too much possession, but I was happy.

I'll be back with notes and quotes.

52: Sarves finds lots of space and fires a shot that seems to skim Marshall's leg and continue in. LA, 1-0.

52' Finally a bullet Sounders couldn't dodge.Sarvas finds likes of space and his shots skims Marshall on way in. LA, 1-0.

Second half: ... has begun.

Halftime: Active but scoreless first half. I'm sure the Sounders would take a draw as a good result, but scoreless draw is a dangerous good result, give the road-goals tie-breaker.

Stats: Goals 0-0. Shots, 11-5, LA; on target 2-2. Off target 8-1 LA; corners 4-2 LA; yellows 2-2; possession 62.6% LA.

30' Scoreless. But not for lack of attacking. Great chances for both sides. Could easily be 2-2.

First kick: ... has been struck. We're under way.

Lineups: Sounders: Soudners: Frei; Yedlin, Marshall, Scott, Gonzalez; Evans, Pineda, Azira, Pappa. Dempsey, Martins. Bench: Hahnemann, Anibaba, Traore, Barrett, Cooper, Rose, Weaver.

Two particular notes: No Alonso in the 18. But also no Neagle. The club put out this statement:

"Lamar Neagle has been given leave by Sounders FC to deal with a serious personal matter and he has the full support of the club. Our thoughts are with Lamar and we look forward to having him back with us in Seattle next week."

For LA: Penedo; DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Meyer, Rogers; Ishizaki, Sarvas, Juninho, Donovan, Keane, Zardes. Reserves: Brian Rowe, Todd Dunivant, Dan Gargan, Kenney Walker, Baggio Husidic, Jose Villarreal, Alan Gordon.

From New Jersey: New England 2, New York 1. That series winner faces this series winner in MLS Cup on Dec. 7 at the stadium of the Western champion.

Pregame: It is a borderline perfect day in Carson, Calif., about two hours before the first kick of the MLS Western Conference championship opener: Sounders FC at the LA Galaxy. The skies are clear, breeze light and a predicted temperature of around 75 for first kick.

That is scheduled for 2:09 p.m. The game will be shown on ESPN, but will have the unusual radio home of 770-AM. We'll also have the blog open before during and after the match and will have additional updates and comments on Twitter @donruiztnt.

As you likely know, this is the first of a two-legged, home-road, aggregate-score series, with away goals as the first tie-breaker.

We should have lineups about an hour/45 minutes before the match. The top question will be the availability of Sounders' defensive midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (leg), the club's four-time most valuable player, and extra valuable today against the MLS' top offense.

Here is our preview story from today's News Tribune.