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5 Key Matchups For Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy

5 Key Matchups For Seattle Sounders vs. Los Angeles Galaxy

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The Seattle Sounders and the Los Angeles Galaxy are known to be two of the top MLS teams in the Western Conference. Even though the Galaxy have been slacking this season, Seattle has not. While Seattle will fight to maintain dominance, the Galaxy are looking to move up the standings. These are the five key matchups that can make all the difference in this game.

5. Chad Marshall vs. Landon Donovan

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5. Chad Marshall vs. Landon Donovan

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Landon Donovan has gotten cozy in his new midfielder position and has been unable to continuously score goals since breaking the all-time MLS record. He must not slack off against Seattle Sounders' defender Chad Marshall if he hopes to score during the match. The Sounders' defense is not easily broken, so Donovan must hope Marshall slips up.

4. Gonzalo Pineda vs. Dan Gargan

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4. Gonzalo Pineda vs. Dan Gargan

Gonzalo Pineda Dan Gargan Seattle LA
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Dan Gargan is beginning to leave his mark with LA Galaxy as he becomes quite the physical defender. This type of defense may be what is needed to keep Gonzalo Pineda from extending his assists tally, but Gargan will need to be careful. If he earns another yellow card he will miss the following match.

3. Osvaldo Alonso vs. Robbie Keane

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3. Osvaldo Alonso vs. Robbie Keane

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Robbie Keane is always ready to score some goals, and Osvaldo Alonso will need to stay on his toes to keep Keane at bay. Alonso is a top defensive midfielder who will face off against fellow MLS All-Star team member, and only the better player will help out his respective team. Keane has plenty of experience outplaying a defender; Osvaldo will need to stay alert.

2. DeAndre Yedlin vs. Gyasi Zardes

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2. DeAndre Yedlin vs. Gyasi Zardes

DeAndre Yedlin Gyasi Zardes Seattle LA
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Both of these younger players are the top guys on their teams. Gyasi Zardes has been scoring goal after goal lately, while DeAndre Yedlin has been reported to transfer to a top European club. Their respective performances in the match are important to both players, but Zardes may have the extra touch to score another for LA Galaxy.

1. Clint Dempsey vs. Omar Gonzalez

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1. Clint Dempsey vs. Omar Gonzalez

Clint Dempsey Omar Gonzalez Seattle LA
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Omar Gonzalez has been absent from the LA Galaxy lineup since his return from the World Cup because of injury. What a better way to make his return to MLS than by facing off against his USMNT teammate Clint Dempsey. Dempsey is a fantastic striker, and Gonzalez will need to play his best to keep up with the captain. It will be great news for LA Galaxy if Gonzalez is back in full form.