MLS First Kick 2011, Seattle Sounders Vs. LA Galaxy: Juninho Opens The Scoring, 1-0

In a half that saw Chris Birchall getting in a shot on target within thirty seconds of the restart, it seems almost inevitable that it was the Los Angeles Galaxy opened the scoring in the 58th minute against the Seattle Sounders. Juninho scored on a ball from Todd Dunivant. The ball curled around Sounders midfielder Erik Friberg, with defender Jeff Parke moving out of the way to allow Kasey Keller to get into position. Unfortunately, the Seattle keeper could only get a hand to the shot, and the ball tipped into the back of the net.

The Sounders almost appear to have never played together before, based on the number of mis-placed passes and the number of times that the players have been just a pace or two out of position. To alleviate the problem, Sigi Schmid has removed Alvaro Fernandez in favor of Roger Levesque, although it remains to be seen if this will help tighten up the Sounders play through the midfield.

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