KRIS LINDSAY - Tuesday, November 25, 2014
The Los Angeles Galaxy inched closer to the MLS Cup Final with a 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders Sunday evening in StubHub Center.
A second half goal from Marcelo Sarvas and a shut-out from Galaxy keeper Jaime Penedo sent the home side to a decent result in the first of two legs in the Western Conference Championship.
The hosts came close to scoring in just the fourth minute. Galaxy midfielder Stefan Ishizaki sent in a cross from the right wing, and found the foot of forward Robbie Keane, who volleyed the ball just wide of the post.
A pair of Sounders had a chance to put the Supporters Shield winners in front in the 20th minute. A long throw in was struck straight at Penedo from Seattle forward Obafemi Martins. Penedo, however, couldn't hold the shot, and it ricocheted into the path of striker Clint Dempsey.
The US international put the rebound on frame, but Penedo's quick reflexes kept the Sounders off the board.
Sarvas moved the Galaxy in front just after the break. Defender AJ DeLaGarza moved down the right flank, and sent a cutting pass to the top of the box. Sarvas collected the pass and sent his blast on goal.
The ball took a slight deflection off defender Chad Marshall, which was just enough to sneak the ball by keeper Stefan Frei in the 52nd minute.
The two teams will meet in the second leg of the two game series November 30th in Century Link Field, with the winner of the series taking a spot in the MLS Cup Final.