First Kick: Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders Going Live

And the MLS season is all systems go. The Los Angeles Galaxy hop up to Seattle this evening to take on the Highlighters in the opening game.

Seattle has not given up a goal or lost a First Kick yet!…which is a ridiculous stat since they’ve only played in two.

Drop all your thoughts here as the campaign gets underway. Hey Chivas fans….you’re still undefeated!

These two teams are real....tight....

For the Galaxy, Juan Pablo Angel & Omar Gonzalez are out; Donovan Ricketts is likely to miss the match as well.  (You already know how TSG feels about Ricketts).

Seattle will see Steve Zakuani confined to the bench and likely see Uruguayan Alvaro Fernandez take his place. Given Zakuani’s current form and TSG’s belief in Fernandez, that’s a solid temporary exchange.

As for the game, all about the midfield in this one. Can Seattle find their way through a Galaxy midfield that outworked and outplayed them last time they played up in Space Needle Central?

Can Osvaldo Alonso help out on Donovan–likely to be pushed up to forward in this game at the outset–and in term link through the middle?

Will John Harkes explain to us the role of the #37 car?

Let’s go.

After the break, last time up north. Close your eyes if you’re a Sounders fan.

21 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jake C on 2011/03/15 at 3:45 PM

    I’ll never forget how awesome that goal was…or how underwhelming the commentary was.


  2. Posted by sparkie on 2011/03/15 at 3:57 PM

    The word from rain city is that Nkufo will be on the bench due to a non injury, disciplinary issue. Montero will need a brace tonight.




  3. Posted by matthewsf on 2011/03/15 at 4:02 PM

    Nfuko should never get on the field again for Seattle. He’s got horrible vision and is slow to attack as well as slow to stop that attack if he has nothing.


  4. Posted by dth on 2011/03/15 at 4:06 PM

    Should there be a parallel thing for CCL? RSL-Saprissa might just be more important.


    • Posted by Ufficio on 2011/03/15 at 6:17 PM

      I can’t decide which game to watch. Kind of ridiculous that they’re on at the exact same time.


      • Posted by dth on 2011/03/15 at 6:29 PM

        Can always double fist it: CCL on the CPU and First Kick on the teevee.

        (you can see it for free and legally at if you sign up. One of the few relatively competent things CONCACAF has ever done. Perhaps there’s hope for the federation yet…

        oh yeah, the Hex is back. Bonus!)


  5. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/15 at 4:21 PM

    There’s a photo gallery of Red Bulls Arena on


  6. Posted by Dylan on 2011/03/15 at 6:59 PM

    Galaxy bout’ to put the hammer down. Donovan with the brace and an assist.


  7. Posted by dth on 2011/03/15 at 7:09 PM

    John Harkes is match fit after the offseason: “If you don’t take a strike, you don’t test the goalkeeper.”


  8. Posted by Soccernst on 2011/03/15 at 7:37 PM

    Pretty sure this is a soccer game but it feels more like a tennis match. Dizzying camera work to keep up with this popcorn in the midfield.


  9. Posted by GeorgeCross on 2011/03/15 at 8:32 PM

    This artificial surface is killing the game. But that doesn’t excuse the poor first touch by most of the players out there.


  10. Posted by John on 2011/03/15 at 10:56 PM

    This just in… salt lake is quite good. They would have played la or Seattle off the field with their passing and vision tonight. Also…. where is Seattle going o get their goals from? Montero had a very quiet game.


  11. Few thoughts…

    LA will be much better when all their starters are available.

    Seattle still (upper) middle of the road but who knows.

    Taylor Twellman + Lalas = fiesty (seriously these two are like oil and vinegar at times, with Twellman opining and Lalas looking over with disgruntled stares. Should be interesting….

    Was it just me or did Adrian Healey have some involuntary moving/bobbing of his head during the introduction? Not trying to start a rumor or anything, probably nothing but hope he’s not starting to get parkinson’s or something…could just be the beer I was drinking.

    RSL is REALLY good. Excited about the possibility of them making it to the final if they hold it down in Costa Rica.


    • Posted by KickinNames... on 2011/03/16 at 8:48 AM

      An open air soccer stadium in Seattle? Every game I’ve seen there is just a puddled mess. Wasn’t the final there last year as well? Makes Manchester look cozy.

      I really sat down last night and tried to watch objectively but honestly is there no one who can play a ball on the ground? Or even with intention in the air? There was one stretch in the second half of 17 straight touches (I counted) where nothing positive or intentional happened. Like watching an Atari Pong tournament. Not a great display for the MLS opener.

      Becks looks like he’s just plain old jumped the shark. Doesn’t want to be there and playing like it.

      Harkes, Twellman and Lalas. Not even sure there’s words. And why did Harkes keep calling shots feisty or whatever that word was he kept inappropriately repeating for every attempt on goal? He takes so much from the game with his stream of non sequiturs.


      • Posted by John on 2011/03/16 at 8:59 AM

        I don’t really blame the surface that much for the flow of the game. The players on both sides looked like they were still in the pre-season.

        Montero was pretty anonymous, hard to say he was awful when he didn’t really do anything for most of the game.

        The free kicks by Seattle were absolutely abysmal. They couldn’t beat the first man to save their life.

        This just proves that the pre-season difficulties by Seattle in scoring were not an once off, fixed in the regular season, event. Those difficulties are currently very real.

        Also as a second side note to the style of the game: Both sides were missing players. LA will be much better with Angel up front.


        • Posted by John on 2011/03/16 at 9:14 AM

          I’m going to now completely invalidate my prior comment. Although I don’t mind playing on the turf (it is what I train on here in town)

          from @LandondDonovan: @DrewFromTV you guys gotta get rid of that turf…it’s a mess. How can we get real grass? I’m willing to help


        • The worst thing about it for Seattle…chances were created. Possession was held. The Alonso-Freiberg pairing in central midfield looks very good to me. Zakuani was excellent. No finishing; not even strikers who got in the right place (to not finish).


  12. Posted by Andy on 2011/03/16 at 9:56 AM

    Perhaps the greatest result of this game was the possibility that Donovan Ricketts will no longer waste space in the LA goal.


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