As a practical matter, the Sounders didn’t lose a game so much as they dug a hole. They are a goal down heading into their series-ending match at Los Angeles a week from tonight.
Here are the quick reactions from each coach
I thought we created more chances than they created. You take a goal – hat’s off to Edson, but he just turns and hits the ball in basically the direction of the goal, it could go anywhere, and it went in. But at the end of the day, right now we’re down at halftime 1-0. We have a second half to play in LA. And everything is still possible for us.
Tough game, tough conditions. This field isn’t easy to play on for either team. It was tough. It was a pretty classic playoff game. You get a goal on the road and you’re defending, and you try to get out of here. That’s basically what we did.
And here are the stats:
LA — Edson Buddle 1 (Omar Gonzalez 1) 38
Los Angeles Galaxy — Donovan Ricketts, Sean Franklin, A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Eddie Lewis (Gregg Berhalter 84), David Beckham, Juninho, Dema Kovalenko (Chris Birchall 70), Landon Donovan, Mike Magee, Edson Buddle (Jovan Kirovski 73).
Substitutes Not Used: Tristan Bowen, Alex Cazumba, Chris Klein, Josh Saunders.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (David Beckham 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (David Beckham 3); FOULS: 16 (Dema Kovalenko 3, Mike Magee 3); OFFSIDES: 2 (Edson Buddle 1, Mike Magee 1); CORNER KICKS: 3 (David Beckham 3); SAVES: 8 (Donovan Ricketts 8)
Seattle Sounders FC — Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jeff Parke (Tyrone Marshall 65), Patrick Ianni, Leo Gonzalez, Sanna Nyassi (Alvaro Fernandez 74), Osvaldo Alonso, Nathan Sturgis (Nate Jaqua 81), Steve Zakuani, Fredy Montero, Blaise Nkufo.
Substitutes Not Used: Michael Fucito, Roger Levesque, Zach Scott, Terry Boss.
TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Blaise Nkufo 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (3 tied with 2); FOULS: 13 (Leo Gonzalez 3, Sanna Nyassi 3); OFFSIDES: 3 (Steve Zakuani 2); CORNER KICKS: 8 (Nathan Sturgis 7); SAVES: 4 (Kasey Keller 4)
LA — Juninho (caution; Reckless Foul) 48
SEA — Fredy Montero (caution; Reckless Foul) 49
LA — Dema Kovalenko (caution; Persistent Infringement) 65
LA — Jovan Kirovski (caution; Reckless Tackle) 82
SEA — Blaise Nkufo (caution; Goalkeeper Interference) 93+
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: -Thomas Supple; Peter Manikowski
4th Official: Alex Prus
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-55-degrees
All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial
Stoppage time: Five minutes have been added.
82nd minute: Yellow to Kirovski, for foul on Gonzalez.
81st minute: Sounders make final substitution: Jaqua for Sturgis.
74th minute: Sounders send in Fernandez, remove Nyassi.
73rd minute: LA removes goal-scorer Buddle, brings in Josh Kirovski.
65th minute: Tyrone Marshall in for Jeff Parke, who suffered a left ankle sprain.
65th minute: Yellow to Dema Kovalenko, who brought down Nkufo.
Attendance: 35,521 … about a thousand less than their regular-season average, about two thousand less than last season’s playoff match against Houston.
However … this crowd is into the game big-time.
49th minute: And now Montero drawks one for clipping the back of Donovan’s heel in the middle third.
48th minute: Juninho chops down Zakuani along the sideline and is carded.
Second half: … has begun.
Halftime: Galaxy up, 1-0, on the Buddle goal.
For the half, Seattle had 10 shots to LA’s 7, Seattle put seven on goal to LA’s four.
Now, they have to outscore the Galaxy over the next 135 minutes of the season ends in LA a week from tonight.
38th minute: LA moves ahead 1-0 very much against the run of play, as Edson Buddle simply turns and fires from 25 yards, looping the shot over Keller but down into the low-far netting. Ianni was the Sounders defender closest to the play, but a step behind Buddle. And that is a bad place to be in relation to the No. 2 scorer in MLS.
Two more chances: Back-to-back nice chances for Montero in the 23rd minute. On the first, he set himself up with a nice fake, then fired low, drawing a corner from a diving Ricketts save. Then on the corner, Montero got a header on goal, but it was tapped over the crossbar.
Another near miss: Sturgis puts free kick right on Parke’s forehead near the PK spot, but header goes just wide of post.
First 10 minutes: This doesn’t look like two teams going for nil-nil. Lots of aggressive soccer early. Players and crowd both have moved it up a notch for the playoffs.
Instant non-goal: The Sounders seemed to pull ahead on a brilliant sequence of Nyassi to Osvaldo who shot, was saved and then Zakuani launched in the rebound. However, offside was ruled.
Kickoff: We’ve begun: Galaxy in white/white; Sounders in green/blue.
Nice touch by the North End supporters with a nice Sounders the MLS Monster banner.
Lineups: Sounders: GK Keller; D Riley, Parke, Ianni, Gonzalez; M Nyassi, Alonso, Sturgis, Zakuani; F Montero, Nkufo. Reserves: Boss, Fernandez, Fucito, Jaqua, Levesque, Marshall, Scott.
Galaxy: GK Ricketts, D Lewis, DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Jordan; M Beckham, Juninho, Kovalenko, Donovan; F Magee, Buddle. Reserves: Saunders, Burhalter, Birchall, Bowan, Cazumba, Kirovski; Klein.
And “Boo” is certainly the word tonight from the crowd as the Galaxy is introduced.
Halloween fun: The Halloween-evening start time may be costing the Sounders some fans tonight, but those who are here seem to be combining the experience in a fun way. Lots of folks in costume tonight, although there’s clearly more rave green than orange and black.
Much of the SoundWave marching band is in Halloween costume, too.
Pregame: It is not a dark and stormy night. It is, in fact, a beautiful autumn afternoon for what will be the final Sounders game of the season at Qwest Field.
Kickoff in the playoff opener against LA is 5 p.m., the game can be seen on ESPN2 and heard on 770-AM.
And, of course, we’ll keep this blog open for the duration, with pregame, in-game and postgame notes and quotes and hopefully your comments.