MLS Game Summary - Los Angeles at Seattle|
(Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010)
From The Sports Network
Final Score: Los Angeles 1, Seattle 0
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Edson Buddle's first-half goal handed the Los
Angeles Galaxy a 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC at Qwest Field on Sunday in
the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals.
Buddle scored in the 38th minute on a long-range effort that caught Seattle
goalkeeper Kasey Keller off guard, while the Los Angeles defense did well to
keep hold of the lead in the second half, allowing just one shot on goal in
the final 45 minutes.
The second leg will take place in Los Angeles on November 7.
Seattle almost got off to a dream start in the opening minute when Steve
Zakuani had the ball in the back of the net, but the goal was called back for
Keller had to be alert to keep out a David Beckham free kick minutes later,
while Los Angeles netminder Donovan Ricketts produced a great reaction stop on
a close-range header from Fredy Montero.
The first half was fairly open, but the lone goal came from nothing as Buddle
took down a long ball 35 yards from goal, turned with it, and lobbed his shot
over the head of a surprised Keller and inside the far post.
The goal took the air out of the Qwest Field crowd, although Seattle's Nathan
Sturgis nearly equalized in the 42nd minute when his free kick was saved at
the bottom-right corner of the net.
Chances for both teams dried up a bit in the second half as the Galaxy chose
to sit back and defend, leaving Seattle to try and beat them over the top with
The Galaxy defense stayed well organized, however, and the visitors nearly
doubled their tally five minutes from time when Juninho worked a nice one-two
with Mike Magee, took the return pass inside the area, and dragged his shot
inches wide of the right post.
Seattle substitute Nate Jaqua had the only real chance for the Sounders in the
second half in the 87th minute, but the best he could do was a tame low shot
that Ricketts easily handled.
10/31 22:22:58 ET