For the first time since July 29th, the LA Galaxy won all three points, beating the Seattle Sounders 3-0. This victory was vital for the interim manager Dom Kinnear and company, as the win keeps LA in the playoff hunt.
“There is still a chance and we know it,” Zlatan Ibrahimovic said after the win.
Kinnear, who has been in charge of two matches now, has experimented with his lineup on both occasions. Against Seattle on Sunday at the StubHub Center, he opted to go with a 4-4-2 formation, pushing Emmanuel Boateng and Romain Alessandrini higher up the pitch. Daniel Steres slotted into Jorgen Skjelvik’s spot, who had the flu, in the center of the defense.
Ibrahimovic, Kamara Score to Take Commanding First Half Lead
Only nine minutes elapsed when Ola Kamara was clipped inside of the penalty area. He was tried to play a quick one-two with Zlatan Ibrahimovic before being tripped from behind. Ibrahimovic stepped up to the spot and sent Stefan Frei the wrong way, burying his penalty kick for career goal number 501, and his 15th in his last 15 MLS matches.
Seattle already had an injury bug concern, but they had to make a substitution just 16 minutes into the contest. Brad Smith, on loan from English Premier League side Bournemouth, pulled up after making a darting run.
A minute later, Alessandrini had a free kick opportunity on the left side of the penalty box. From a tight angle, the 29-year-old hit his cross low and hard, finding the feet of the Seattle goalkeeper.
With five minutes remaining in the opening half, Kamara got on the score sheet to make it 2-0 to LA. Alessandrini and Ibrahimovic exchanged a couple of passes down the left before the Frenchman sprinted closer towards goal. The speedy winger hit a square ball, where the Norwegian striker poked it past Frei.
Talking to media after the match, Kamara noted the importance of these remaining games. “This of course to start a positive turn,” he said.
“I think this is a must win. For me just looking at the next five games we need four victories.”
Galaxy Score Third for Three Points
The Galaxy put this match to rest six minutes after the restart. Sebastian Lletget switched the play to the left with a pass to the feet of Alessandrini. He continued his run into the box and dinked the ball forward. Roman Torres could not clear his line, which allowed Emmanuel Boateng to get a toe on the ball, sending it into the back of the net.
LA had done well on the defensive side of the ball against the Sounders, not allowing too many easy looks on goal. In fact, Seattle only had one shot on goal, which came during the 67th. Dave Romney could not step in front of Raúl Ruidíaz, who shot his attempt straight at David Bingham.
“I want to win one game,” the interim manager said. “Then we move on.”
The Galaxy are going to hope to keep their momentum going on Saturday. There, they will welcome in the Vancouver Whitecaps, who are also battling to get into the playoffs. Kick off for this battle is set for 7:00 PM.