LOS ANGELES (Saturday, April 1, 2023) – Playing their second home match during the 2023 campaign, the LA Galaxy three-match unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-1 loss to Seattle Sounders FC before 22,008 fans at Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday night.
LA Galaxy Against Seattle Sounders FC
Saturday’s match marked the 46th meeting across all competitions between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC, with the Galaxy trailing the all-time series 15-18-13. Against Seattle, the Galaxy hold a 10-13-13 record in league play, a 4-3-0 record in the MLS Cup Playoffs and a 1-2-0 record in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. In 19 all-time regular-season matches played between the two teams at Dignity Heath Sports Park, the LA Galaxy hold a 6-6-7 record at home against Seattle.
LA Galaxy Firsts
Jalen Neal recorded his first career MLS goal for the LA Galaxy in the 63rd minute of the match. Jonathan Pérez made his 2023 MLS regular-season debut, logging seven minutes and recording one shot on target in the match against Seattle.
LA Galaxy Academy and LA Galaxy II Pipeline
Two LA Galaxy players with ties to the LA Galaxy Academy appeared in the match against Seattle: Neal and Pérez. Five players on the Galaxy roster (Neal, Pérez, Preston Judd, Jonathan Klinsmann and Daniel Aguirre), who made their debut with LA Galaxy II before playing for the first team, appeared in the match against Seattle.
SEA – Jordan Morris (Leo Chu, Nicolas Lodeiro), 21st minute – Working down the left flank, Leo Chu’s cross into the six-yard box found Jordan Morris, who converted from close range.
SEA – Leo Chu (Nicolas Lodeiro), 35th minute – Leo Chu’s shot from just outside the 18-yard box was fired in at the far lower corner of the goal.
LA – Jalen Neal, 63rd minute – From a corner kick, Stefan Frei initially saved a shot from outside the box by Raheem Edwards. The rebound fell to Jalen Neal, who was first to the ball inside the six-yard box and knocked his shot past Frei.
- Saturday’s match marked the 46th meeting across all competitions between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC, with the Galaxy trailing the all-time series 15-18-13.
- Against Seattle, the Galaxy hold a 10-13-13 record in league play, a 4-3-0 record in the MLS Cup Playoffs and a 1-2-0 record in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
- In 19 all-time regular-season matches played between the two teams at Dignity Heath Sports Park, the LA Galaxy hold a 6-6-7 record at home against Seattle.
- The Galaxy haven’t beaten Seattle in league play dating back to Sept. 23, 2018, a run of 10 regular-season matches without a win (0-6-4) over Sounders FC.
- LA recorded a season-high 28 shots and eight shots on target in the match against Seattle.
- The 28 shots taken are the highest total for the Galaxy in a regular-season match dating back to Aug. 11, 2019, when LA recorded 29 shots against D.C. United.
- In the second half in the match against Sounders FC, the Galaxy tallied 19 shots, six shots on target and controlled possession 65% to Seattle’s 35%.
- The Galaxy defense allowed three shots on target, their third consecutive match with three or fewer shots on target allowed.
- Jalen Neal recorded his first career MLS goal, won seven duels, tallied two interceptions, recorded a team-high three clearances and completed 62 passes (89.9% pass accuracy).
- Tyler Boyd finished the match with a game-high five chances created and finished tied for a game-high four successful dribbles.
- Gastón Brugman finished the match with a game-high 92 passes completed (88.5% pass accuracy) and led the Galaxy with three tackles won.
- Riqui Puig finished the match with 84 passes completed (87.5% pass accuracy) and tied for a game-high four successful dribbles.
- In his second consecutive start, Calegari created three chances and led the team with three interceptions and three fouls won.
- Dejan Joveljić made his 50th career regular-season appearance for the LA Galaxy in the match against Seattle.
Next up, the LA Galaxy travel to face Houston Dynamo FC at Shell Energy Stadium on Saturday, April 8. The match on April 8 kicks off at 5:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcasted live on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.