Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Eddie Johnson and Fredy Montero scored on
opposite sides of halftime to power Seattle Sounders FC to a 2-0 defeat of the
Los Angeles Galaxy at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday.
Johnson's 40th-minute strike, his second goal in as many games, was enough to
see the Sounders claim the win, but that didn't stop Montero from opening his
2012 account in spectacular fashion to double his side's advantage on the
Montero could have scored earlier in the match but he was denied two certain
goals by the brilliant play of stand-in goalkeeper Bill Gaudette.
With Galaxy first-choice goalkeeper Josh Saunders unavailable for selection
because of personal reasons, Gaudette stepped in to deputize for the second
straight match. He was in top form, producing key saves to keep Montero at bay.
Gaudette made a superb kick save to deny Montero a goal on the turn in the 10th
minute. He came up big once more when Johnson ripped a left-footed shot on
goal, parrying the initial effort and stoning Montero on the rebound from
Ultimately, Seattle broke through as Gaudette was unable to stop Johnson five
minutes before halftime. Johnson made the most of a pinpoint cross from Mauro
Rosales, sending a powerful snap-header toward goal that bounced in front of
Gaudette's outstretched hands and over the line.
The second half started with a bang as Montero finally bagged his first goal of
the new season, producing a sure-fire Goal of the Week winner. The Colombian
uncorked a shot from 35 yards out that eluded a sprawling Gaudette as it headed
for the upper corner of the net.
Los Angeles struggled to get anything going offensively, and the Sounders
benefited to the tune of a two-goal victory.
Seattle (5-1-1) has won three straight, climbing to third place in the Western
Conference with 16 points through seven games. The Sounders will remain in the
Emerald City for their next contest as they host the Philadelphia Union on
Los Angeles (3-4-1) remains third from bottom in the West, losing its fourth of
the season. The reigning champions will head home for a massive weekend fixture
as they host Red Bull New York at The Home Depot Center on Saturday.
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