By Jackee Arce @knackeredwriter on July 29, 2014
It was due to be an entertaining match, but the Seattle Sounders were the favorite due to being first in the Western Conference. Los Angeles Galaxy defeated Seattle and have embarked on their journey to the top. The match was as entertaining as expected, and it was something for Galaxy fans to be proud of. LA is now booming with confidence, and the playoffs don't feel out of reach. Here are five reasons why LA was able to beat Seattle.
LA Galaxy took an early lead, which made the Seattle Sounders uneasy. The team is full of passionate players who turned the match physical but were unable to keep up with LA. USMNT teammates Clint Dempsey and Omar Gonzalez got into a shoving match, but nothing came of it but a yellow to Gonzalez. It didn't hurt the Galaxy, and Gonzalez's return is still viewed as a successful one.
Gyasi Zardes has been on fire for LA Galaxy lately, and last night was no different. His goal may have been handed to him by Landon Donovan, but he put himself in an open onside position. He later missed two good opportunities to score another against the Seattle Sounders, but the fact that he's been scoring in almost every match is really good for the team and himself. He is becoming the player LA needs.
Chad Marshall has been a fantastic player for the Seattle Sounders this season, and he even made the MLS All-Star team. His absence from the lineup -- due to back spasms from a result of a car accident -- was rough on Seattle's defense which just could not keep up. LA Galaxy knew how to take advantage of Marshall's absence and were able to score many goals.
Jaime Penedo once again reminded LA Galaxy fans why his nickname is San Penedo. He rarely had to work in the first half of the match, but he stepped up and made some incredible saves in the second. He was able to keep a clean sheet and allow Galaxy's victory over the Seattle Sounders to be even more powerful.
This is not brand new to LA Galaxy's script, because Landon Donovan has been playing great since he broke the goal-scoring record; but Donovan's game last night was in top form. It started with a selfless assist to Zardes and continued when he made a goal of his own and beyond. He had a really great match, which means LA Galaxy did as well.
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