The LA Galaxy succumbed to a heavy defeat, on Saturday, losing to the surging Seattle Sounders, who have now won six straight, by a whopping 5-0.
“There’s not much you can say – it was an embarrassing game for us,” Schmid told media following the loss.
“We gifted them three goals. I thought the first three goals were gifts from us and even the last one was another gift.”
Five of the Galaxy’s most important starters were missing from this match on Saturday afternoon. Romain Alessandrini, Jonathan and Giovani Dos Santos, and Michael Ciani were all sitting back home due to injury..
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had recent knee issues, and with Seattle’s turf not being the greatest, he opted to not play in the game.
So, Emmanuel Boateng, Servando Carrasco, Sebastian Lletget, Daniel Steres, and Rolf Feltscher made their way into the lineup for LA.
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The Galaxy have scored 48 total goals this season, those five scored 30 of them combined. It was always going to be a difficult task, but that made goal scoring a premium.
But no one expected this kind of shellacking.
Seattle Gets Off on Right Foot
Seattle were applying all kinds of pressure early on in the proceedings. They were able to capitalize on that momentum three minutes into the contest.
Off of a short corner kick, the Sounders kept possession before playing the ball to Nicolas Lodeiro out wide. He flipped a cross into the area, where Chad Marshall beat Daniel Steres to the ball. Marshall, then powered his header beyond David Bingham to open the scoring.
Matters were made worse for LA 15 minutes later. Bingham played a pass short left to Ashley Cole. The former Chelsea defender then sent the ball into danger. It was intercepted by Gustav Svensson and fed it to Harry Shipp, who was wide open at the edge of the area. Shipp made no mistake with his calm finish, beating a helpless Bingham.
It took 31 minutes for the Galaxy to find their first decent opportunity of the match. Dave Romney bounced a header back into the area, where fellow center back Steres was waiting. The 27-year-old blasted his effort well over the top of the frame. LA had been improving throughout the match, but the quality in front of goal was lacking.
Marshall nearly had his second goal of the afternoon in the 44th minute. This time, however, his bullet header was only stopped by the crossbar.
Right before the halftime interval, Sebastian Lletget had a really good chance to cut Seattle’s lead in half. He hit a poor back pass first time. However, Lletget could not find the target with his attempt.
Sounders Poor on Three More
Raul Ruidiaz, four minutes into the second half, was a pest and helped made it 3-0 to the Sounders. He chased a loose ball down, made Jørgen Skjelvik fall down, and passed a ball off Steres’ feet and into the net.
At the hour mark, the Sounders continued to embarrass LA, who poured in their fourth goal of the afternoon. They picked apart the Galaxy defense down the left hand side before Lodeiro played a cutback pass to Cristian Roldan.
Another poor turnover led to Seattle’s fifth goal of the night. Ruidiaz picked off a Servando Carrasco pass and strode in all in front of goal. The Peruvian international slotted his shot into the back of the net.
For now, the Galaxy are still in the race for the MLS Cup Playoffs. They currently sit in the fifth spot, but with plenty of games in hand. Why does this matter? Other teams can gain ground, and with an extremely competitive Western Conference, each point is vital. Nine points separate first from eighth. Plenty can still happen between now and the end of the season.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to make a return this Friday against LAFC in the third installment of El Trafico. But who else will be ready to go?
That is the question everyone will be wanting to have answered this week. The LA Galaxy and LAFC will battle for the final time this season at 7:30 PM at the StubHub Center.