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LA Galaxy 2, Seattle Sounders FC 4 | 2016 MLS Match Recap

Jordan Morris struck for a second-half brace to help lead the Seattle Sounders FC to a stunning 4-2 victory over the LA Galaxy Sunday afternoon at StubHub Center.

The win kept alive Seattle’s hopes of a berth in the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs and denied the Galaxy of booking their ticket.

Morris broke a one-all tie in the 63rd minute when he received a pass from Alvaro Fernandez at midfield and blew past Daniel Steres to run in alone on goal before clinically finishing to give Seattle a 2-1 lead in the 63rd minute.

Morris then netted his second goal 11 minutes later, taking a touch before burying the rebound of a saved Valdez shot with his left foot to give Seattle a 3-1 lead.

Osvaldo Alonso followed with a stunning strike into the side netting in the 78th minute after a pass from Nicolas Lodeiro deflected off referee.

Robbie Keane pulled back a goal for the hosts five minutes from full time from the penalty spot after it was ruled that Alonso pulled down Steven Gerrard.

Keane opened the scoring on 20 minutes, latching onto a tremendous cross by Sebastian Lletget and heading over Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei from eight yards out for his ninth goal of the season and second in his last three appearances.

Seattle leveled 15 minutes later when Andreas Ivanschitz’s driven corner kick glanced off the head of Jelle Van Damme and into his own net.

Box Score

  • 20’ – LA – Robbie Keane (Sebastian Lletget, Giovani dos Santos)
  • 35’ – SEA – Jelle Van Damme (OG)
  • 63’ – SEA – Jordan Morris (Alvaro Fernandez)
  • 74’ – SEA – Jordan Morris
  • 78’ – SEA – Osvaldo Alonso (Nicolas Lodeiro)
  • 85’ – LA – Robbie Keane (PK)
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Three Things 

  1. PARTY LIKE ITS 2009: It's been that long since the Sounders left Carson, Calif. with a win, but that's just what they did Sunday afternoon. It was 11 consecutive trips in regular-season and playoff play without a win. That last win came on August 15, 2009, in the Sounders' expansion season, with Steve Zakuani and Fredy Montero scoring goals and Kasey Keller registering the clean sheet. 
  2. RARE HOME LOSS: The LA Galaxy didn't just fail to punch their ticket into the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs, they also lost at StubHub Center for the first time this season. They were the last team in the league without a home defeat, ending a stretch of 15 consecutive games without a loss. The last regular season loss in Carson came on October 18, 2015, a 5-2 loss to the Portland Timbers
  3. MORE HISTORY MADE: Jordan Morris struck twice in the second half and in the process broke the record for goals scored by an American rookie set by Pat Noonan of the New England Revolution in 2003. He now has 12 on the season. Morris is also now five goals shy of the record for rookie goals in a season, set by Cyle Larin of Orlando City SC a year ago. 

Next Up

  • LA: Saturday at FC Dallas (9 pm ET; MLS LIVE)
  • SEA: Wednesday vs. Chicago Fire (10:30 pm ET; MLS LIVE)
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