Seattle snaps skid vs. Galaxy with 2-0 victory

Associated Press Modified: May 3, 2012 at 8:17 am •  Published: May 3, 2012
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SEATTLE (AP) — Fredy Montero kept getting denied when it came to snapping his scoreless streak the easy way.

He finally got his first goal of the 2012 season with one of the most electric marks of his young career.

Eddie Johnson scored for the second straight game, directing home a header just before halftime, Fredy Montero scored his first goal of the season on a 35-yard strike early in the second half, and the Seattle Sounders finally got the best of Los Angeles with a 2-0 win over the Galaxy on Wednesday night.

"When you have the opportunity to shoot from that distance you just try," Montero said. "Thank God that ball went into the net."

Johnson's goal in the 40th minute capped a half of missed chances for Seattle and came off a long cross from Mauro Rosales. It also snapped a lengthy scoreless skid for Seattle at home against the Galaxy and led to the Sounders' first win over Los Angeles in MLS play since 2009.

Montero's goal was a stunning strike from distance in the 48th minute. Given space in the midfield, Montero's drive found the opposite upper corner out of the reach of Los Angeles goalkeeper Bill Gaudette.

The result was a needed win for Seattle's psyche after coming up winless in six straight league matches against the Galaxy.

"It was good for us because sometimes you have a team that you call your, 'boogey team' — a team that sort of gives you a problem and for some reason you can't seem to jump over them," Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. "L.A. was that team for us a little bit, but we always felt we had confidence that we could beat them and today it showed."

Los Angeles was playing without star midfielder David Beckham, striker Robbie Keane and goalkeeper Josh Saunders, all of whom stayed back in Los Angeles. Both the Galaxy and Sounders are playing three games this week. Even though the Galaxy decided to rest some of their stars and fall six points back of Seattle early in the season, the Sounders put out nearly all of their regular starting 11 and finally began to get the kind of impact they hoped from the Johnson-Montero combo up front.

"It's a difficult week with travel and playing on this surface. We wanted to keep some players fresh for Saturday," Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. "That's a decision I made. Whether it makes sense or not remains to be seen when we play on Saturday. . We didn't think we were going to be able to play 11 players in three games this week. We have to rotate some players."

Seattle traded away two young prospects in order to acquiring the rights to Johnson before the season began. His Seattle introduction was slowed by a hamstring injury but he followed up his first goal of the season last Saturday in Chicago with another strong performance against the Galaxy.

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