Lats night was game one of the Western Conference final, against LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders. Both of these teams have had interesting games against each other in the regular season. Seattle beat LA 4-0 earlier this year, and they come into tonight’s match with a winning record over LA. Four LA Galaxy players came into tonight’s game on yellow card watch; Gonzalez, Beckham, Marcelo Sarvas and Juninho. All of these players are key players to LA’s lineup.
This was something LA had to keep their eye on going into this game. Tonight was also a big night for Christian Wilhelmsson, it was his night to prove he had what it takes to be in the starting lineup for LA. Being the first leg, and playing at the HDC, LA knew they had to get a comfy lead before next Sunday’s game on Seattle’s home turf.
The first half started off slow for both teams, there was little to comment on in the first 45 … until Landon Donovan made a great run, and chipped the ball over a Seattle defender in order for Robbie Keane to give LA the lead 1-0 heading into halftime.
The second half started off with more fire than the first. Both teams turned up the heat and were going hard at goal. It was LA who added to their lead in the 64th minute. With a build up that was unlike any other; Beckham to Keane to Franklin to none other than Mike Magee. This gave LA a comfy 2-0 lead, but they didn’t stop there. Three minutes later Robbie Keane scored again (even though he stole the goal from Wilhelmsson…) making the game 3-0. LA still didn’t back off, they kept going at Seattle’s defense finding the weak links and exploiting them. Landon Donovan and Christian Wilhelmsson had some great plays between each other that almost led to LA getting another goal. But alas, Bruce Arena decided it was time to park the bus and play defensively. When the final whistle blew LA Galaxy came away with the 3-0 win. Thus giving them a 3-0 aggregate goal lead over Seattle heading into the next leg.
Tonight was an incredible game for the Galaxy, they pulled out all of the stops and made it one that will be hard for Seattle to top next week. The tweet from MLS Insider sums up the way LA Galaxy played tonight; “Can anyone touch this team when they’re playing like this? Switch officially flipped. April was a long, long time ago.
LA Galaxy’s next game will be next the second leg of the Western Conference Final, Sunday at 9P.M. EST.