Los Angeles Galaxy – Seattle Sounders: Frustrating Draw For Both Teams (2-2)
Los Angeles Galaxy looked like the better team in the first few minutes – until a red card gave them a handicap for the rest of the game. Seattle seemed to have decent plans, but failed in the execution. Ultimately, they were unable to take advantage of being a man up for almost the entire game.
Tactical analysis and match report by Jonas G.
The match between Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders was a big one regarding the playoff race in the Western Conference. Los Angeles sits in third position, but with just one point ahead of Seattle and just four points above the cut.
Following the win against FC Dallas three days ago that finished a surprising three-game losing streak, manager Guillermo Schelotto made just one change. Julian Araujo was replaced by Uriel Antuna.
More changes were seen on the other side. Brian Schmetzer opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation instead of the 5-3-2 shape he had used in the match before. Six new players came with the new formation, with Kee Hee Kim playing alongside Xavier Arreaga as center-back. Nouhou Tolo was preferred over Joevin Jones, and Cristian Roldan and Gustav Svensson played in defensive midfield. In the offense, Jordan Morris and Harry Shipp were introduced to the starting lineup.
Both teams set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. While Pavon and Antuna were looking for spaces inside, Seattle only had Shipp moving between the lines with Morris staying wide.
LA Galaxy the dominant team
In the first few minutes . . .