Los Angeles Galaxy battled against Seattle Sounders on October 19 in a game that finished with a 2-2 draw and now both teams will be facing off against each other in the last match of the season which will decide with club is going to be claimed as the winners and the champions of the current season.
The coach of Seattle Sounders, Sigi Schmid has questioned as to why the schedule has been organized in this way as the manager does not completely agree with this logic.
“I still don’t think anybody likes the situation of playing a team twice at the end. It works out with us and LA because we’re not going to meet in the first round of the play-offs, no matter how it turns out. But it could have also been a scenario where we could have played these two games and then met in the first round of the play-offs and played four weeks in a row’’ Sigi Schmid said.
The final match is scheduled to take place on October 25 and a victory for Seattle Sounders would be huge for them as they have never won a piece of the MLS silverware and by claiming the triumph will also be history breaking for Seattle Sounders as the club has never managed to qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League but a victory against Los Angeles Galaxy will make it happen.
Marcelo Sarvas and Baggio Husidic scored the opening goals of the match for Los Angeles Galaxy when facing off with Seattle Sounders in what was their first battle. The final minutes of the match were ticking down and it seemed like Los Angeles Galaxy was going to secure the victory but late goals from Clint Dempsey and Lamar Neagle turned the match into a 2-2 draw with both sides having to settle with 1 point.
The 2nd and last battle of the season will be the most important in the history of Seattle Sounders as they have a genuine chance of lifting a trophy they have never managed to secure in their history. Seattle Sounders came from behind and scored 2 goals in their first battle with Los Angeles Galaxy and this just shows how determined they are on making history in this season even if their schedule has been balanced or not.
Sigi Schmid has stated that he is extremely confident that Seattle Sounders will be able to avoid a repeat of last season’s collapse towards the end of the campaign. The team currently lead the MLS Western Conference table by healthy five points over second-placed LA Galaxy. One of biggest tests for the team in the coming campaign will come up in the match against Real Salt Lake on September 12. Real Salt Lake have been on a good run of form in recent times, although they seem to have lost it in the last two matches after going through a draw and a defeat.
Schmid saw his team get a 4-2 win over Chivas USA, who was struggling at the bottom of the table. Former Newcastle United striker Obafemi Martins was one of the stars of the show after scoring two goals in the match. Midfielder Andy Rose also scored a brace in the match but the shine was taken off because of the two goals conceded. The victory against Chivas USA means that Seattle Sounders have now won three matches on the bounce after having previously looked like going through another poor patch. There were concerns about the form of the team after the defeat against Real Salt Lake and draw with San Jose Earthquakes.
“I thought [Rose] was sharp. I thought he turned, collected the ball, looked forward, he was a guy hitting a lot of our passes into our forwards and putting guys in. The icing on the cake was that he scores a good header and he gets in on the back post as well. I was very pleased with Andy. It’s great to go in with three straight wins because everyone was concerned that we were in a dive or something [after the rough stretch], and I said ‘this isn’t last year. It’s a different year,” said Schmid.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an organization that helps children with serious medical conditions achieve their dreams and the Seattle Sounders played a huge role in their task of making it a dream come true for the 18 year old Xander Bailey who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis.
The wish of Xander Bailey was to become a professional soccer player and he lived this experience for a day when he was officially signed by the Seattle Sounders and later even went on playing for a few moments during the club’s match against Tottenham Hotspur in a friendly encounter.
Xander Bailey even took a shot at goal as he received a pass from Clint Dempsey and the young player launched an effort that was secured by the former U.S national team goalkeeper Brad Friedel.
“That’s something I’ll definitely never forget. That was crazy. I never expected they’d be chanting my name.” Bailey told SoundersFC.com
When the 18 year old player left the pitch, he received a standing ovation from the 55,349 fans that were in the stadium with cheers and applauds towards Bailey who lived his wish for a day as he got the chance to live the experience not only inside the pitch but even before it, Bailey was seen in the locker room of the club as he was changing into the kit of Seattle Sounders along with all of his teammates and even when the friendly match against against Tottenham Hotspur was over, he went on signing the jerseys of fans around the stadium.
The match was a part of the pre-season schedule between both clubs, Tottenham and Seattle Sounders as each team is preparing themselves for the upcoming campaign which is edging nearer and nearer. The friendly encounter concluded in a 3-3 draw as plenty of goals were scored but neither side could claim the victory.