If Seattle Sounders FC can’t pull off a “San Jose” on Sunday night at 6:00 PM in LA, then they will bow out of the 2010 Major League Soccer playoffs.
UPDATE: Jeff Parke doesn’t practice Friday
Here’s a sampling of the latest news about the club…
Sounders trying to break down LA defense (MLS)
If the Sounders hope to have a chance in the series, they must score early. The Galaxy have had a problem dealing with opponents when giving up the first goal of the game. This match may be different in that an early Seattle goal would only level the series, but it could have a psychological effect on LA.
Tired Sounders would be happy to go on playing (Seattle Times)
“Our season is on the line, so guys are going to play with a broken leg or whatever,” said midfielder Steve Zakuani, whose team lost the first leg 1-0 at home. “You go out and do it; it’s that important. It has been a long year, but we don’t want it to end. We want it to be at least three more games.”
Ricketts is Goalkeeper of Year in MLS (Observer)
“It’s a good feeling,” said Ricketts. “Being a goalkeeper in this league, it’s very hard. There are many good goalkeepers, so to be named Goalkeeper-of-the-Year is really an honour.”
Ricketts earned the award, after presiding over 11 shutouts that helped the Galaxy to the MLS’ best regular-season record.
Seattle still seeking first playoff goal (Soccer America)
A bigger playing surface at Home Depot Center for the second leg might give the Sounders more space, yet the same will be true for Landon Donovan and David Beckham. They dropped into defensive positions for much of that game and will do so again if necessary unless the Galaxy falls behind or even on aggregate and needs to score.
Galaxy look to hold off Sounders (SB Nation)
Seattle will create a few more chances for themselves than they did in the first leg. Maybe the Seattle midfield won’t be able to outrun the Galaxy, but they should be able to create more of an impact and get Montero and Blaise Nkufo some chances. Deprived of service and looking lifeless in leg one, Montero and Nkufo were largely invisible, but with their season on the line and needing at least one goal, Seattle will push forward and give Montero and Nkufo chances. Whether they can create enough space in the final third to put the ball in the net is another question, but they will surely see more of the ball in Los Angeles.