Carson, Calif. — The LA Galaxy took on the Seattle Sounders Sunday afternoon and all it took was one goal from Alan Gordon to end their four game winless streak.
One goal and about ten saves from Galaxy goalkeeper, Jaime Penedo.
Though LA bagged all three points at the end of the game, the Sounders had plenty of chances to equalize as well as win the game themselves. In the end, Penedo was the difference maker. Shot after shot was stopped by Penedo as he found himself in the right place at the right time.
Head coach Bruce Arena had to move a few puzzle pieces around as the team were short handed with Robbie Keane (groin), Leonardo (quadriceps), Mika Vayrynen (calf), and Jose Villarreal (hamstring) not available.
The Sounders were also missing Clint Dempsey (hamstring) and Gonzalo Pineda (red card suspension).
The game’s lone goal came in the 23rd minute when the ball was whipped into the box and Omar Gonzalez nodded it towards Gordan who headed it home.
Before that goal, LA had gone 290 minutes without scoring a goal.
It was also Gordan’s 200th MLS appearance.
“I thought Gordon was a real man today. He obviously got the winning goal, played strong the entire 90 minutes,” said Arena after the game.
Seattle forward, Lamar Neagle, tried six times with five of shots on goal to score but it just wasn’t happening for him.
“[Penedo] had an excellent performance today. Real big saves in the first half, got off his line well on a couple of occasions in the second half. Made some big saves, played very well,” noted Arena.
LA had 31 clearances overall as they tried to stifle Seattle’s chances to score.
With their second win of the season, the LA Galaxy hasn’t lost a home game dating back to the beginning of last year and haven’t lost to Seattle at home in ten straight games (since 2009).
(image courtesy of LA Galaxy)