Sounders get first-ever home win over LA Galaxy

It took four years but that just made it all the sweeter for the Sounders as they shutout the Los Angeles Galaxy 2:0 before over 39,000 fans at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday night.

It was the first-ever win for Seattle over LA at CenturyLink Field.

From Fredy Montero broke out of his season-long scoring slump and Eddie Johnson continued his recent run of good form as the Seattle Sounders beat the LA Galaxy 2-0 on Wednesday.

Even though the Sounders (5-1-1, 16 points) faced a significantly less-than-first-choice Galaxy lineup, they will surely take the points without apology.

Eddie Johnson’s header beats the Galaxy goalkeeper as the Sounders take a 1:0 lead on Wednesday night at the Clink. (Rick Morrison)
Johnson celebrates his goal with the 39,000 fans on hand. (Rick Morrison)

The Sounders had not beaten the Galaxy (3-4-1, 10 points) in an MLS match in two years, a stretch of six matches. When Johnson scored the game’s first goal in the 40th minute, it marked the first time the Sounders had led the Galaxy at CenturyLink Field in 364 minutes.

The home side did have to make an unexpected change though, as goalkeeper Bryan Meredith logged his first MLS minutes when first-choice Michael Gspurning had to come out at halftime with a right hip injury. The two goalkeepers shared what was the Sounders’ fourth shutout of the season.

“When you can get into winning ways, it’s a good thing,” forward Eddie Johnson said after the match. “It’s a good contagious feeling to have within the dressing room, and I guess it started with the reserve team. They went down to Chivas and they hadn’t won a game, and it was a quick turnaround. The team went down there and got a good result, and it’s like ever since the reserve game we’ve had that winning mentality, whoever it was that stepped onto the field. The coaches told us the expectations he’s wanted out of us as players and our goals as a team, and we’re just an organization that’s trying to fulfill our dreams. We set goals, and right now we’re on the right track. We talk about the certain amount of points that are out there and we can get. We’re just trying to get as many points as we can get. [Sigi] said if we can average two-and-a-half points per game, we can compete for the Supporter’s Shield at the end of the season. That’s kind of our mentality by now. It’s a special feeling. Well done to the team. Whenever you can play in front of 39,000-plus week in and week out, as players it makes your job easier. You couldn’t ask for a better motivation to prep you for the games here at CenturyLink.”

Johnson gets congrats from the sidelines. (Rick Morrison)
SEA 40′ Eddie Johnson (Mauro Rosales)
SEA 48′ Fredy Montero (Osvaldo Alonso)

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