The Seattle Sounders head to Los Angeles on Sunday fighting to stay alive in the MLS Playoffs. The Galaxy lead the two-legged fixture 1-0. Should Seattle reach the end of the match at 1-0, the game will go into extra time, and then a penalty shootout if aggregate goals are still tied. But the Sounders need to get at least one goal to stay alive, and should the Galaxy score, they'll obviously have to put more than one ball in the net.
The key, it seems, is to have a rock-solid defense, which would put less pressure on Seattle to need to score multiple goals. Unfortunately, one of the key Sounders defenders, Jeff Parke, took a knock to the ankle in last week's playoff match. Coach Sigi Schmid talks about Parke's sprain:
"Parke, as I told you, he wouldn't train until Friday anyway. He's making progress. We are happy with the swelling. But right now I couldn't tell you whether he would be able to go this weekend or not. We are hoping so. He was a lot better today than he was yesterday."
Should Parke not be available on Sunday, he will be replaced by Tyrone Marshall in central defense.