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May 3, 2021 at 2am UK at CenturyLink Field
SeattleSeattle Sounders
3-0
LA GalaxyLos Angeles Galaxy
Ruidiaz (20', 90+4'), Smith (23')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Preview: Seattle Sounders vs. Los Angeles Galaxy - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Monday's Major League Soccer clash between Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles Galaxy, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Los Angeles Galaxy make the trip to Seattle Sounders on Sunday night looking to extend their winning streak in the MLS to three matches.

While the visitors have started the new season with a 100% record, the Sounders are also unbeaten after recording a victory and a draw during the second half of April.


Match preview

Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer against the Columbus Crew in the first half during the 2020 MLS Cup Final at MAPFRE Stadium in December 2020© Reuters

Having finished in 20th place and missed out on the MLS Playoffs last season, LA Galaxy were in need of a strong start to rid themselves of that disappointment.

While Greg Vanney's side look far from the finished article, two thrilling 3-2 victories over Inter Miami and New York Red Bulls have got the club off to the perfect start.

Javier Hernandez has netted five of Galaxy's six goals, his hat-trick versus the Red Bulls coming in the first hour of the contest at Dignity Health Sports Park.

The defence will inevitably have to improve as the campaign progresses, but Galaxy will take pride in being the only MLS club to have posted two successive victories.

The Sounders are one of seven other teams to come through their opening double-header unbeaten and with a win and a draw to their name.

After making light work of Minnesota United on the first weekend of the season, they came from behind to earn a share of the spoils at Los Angeles FC.

On the back of being runners-up in the MLS Playoffs in 2020, Brian Schmetzer will be satisfied with how his team have performed ahead of welcoming Galaxy to the Lumen Field.

Seven players have already contributed a goal or assist, including former Liverpool youngster Brad Smith who netted the equaliser in the last game.

Seattle Sounders Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • D

Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • W



Team News

Greg Vanney, now in charge of Los Angeles Galaxy (LA Galaxy), pictured in November 2020© Reuters

Galaxy are without midfielder Sebastian Lletget, who sits out the second of his two-match ban for using homophobic language towards a teammate last month.

Given their performance during the opening hour against the Red Bulls, Vanney will give consideration to naming the same side.

Carlos Harvey, Sacha Kljestan and Efrain Alvarez are all options for Galaxy if Vanney wants to introduce any fresh faces.

Nicolas Lodeiro will return to the Sounders squad for this game after recently being sidelined with a thigh injury.

Fredy Montero is also pushing for a place in the squad after fitness issues, although the veteran will only be named among the replacements at best.

Seattle Sounders possible starting lineup:
Frei; O'Neill, Arreaga, Tolo; A.Roldan, C.Roldan, Paulo, Atencio, Smith; Ruidiaz, Bruin

Los Angeles Galaxy possible starting lineup:
Bond; Araujo, Steres, DePuy, Villafana; Santos, Saldana; Zubak, Vazquez, Grandsir; Hernandez


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We say: Seattle Sounders 1-1 Los Angeles Galaxy

With each of these teams looking to claim top spot in the Western Conference by the end of the weekend, there will be an emphasis on pushing hard for victory. Nevertheless, we expect the clubs with the best defence and attack to cancel each other out in a hard-fought contest.



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Tables

Eastern Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England8521117417
2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia842295414
3Orlando City733184412
4New York City FCNY City7322137611
5Nashville SCNashville725096311
6CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
7Columbus Crew732276111
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta724197210
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls7304101009
10DC United8305811-39
11Inter MiamiInter Miami8224813-58
12Toronto7124812-45
13Chicago Fire7115411-74
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati6114615-94

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England8521117417
2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia842295414
3Orlando City733184412
4New York City FCNY City7322137611
5Nashville SCNashville725096311
6CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
7Columbus Crew732276111
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta724197210
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls7304101009
10DC United8305811-39
11Inter MiamiInter Miami8224813-58
12Toronto7124812-45
13Chicago Fire7115411-74
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati6114615-94

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