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Sounders, Galaxy draw 1-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 22, 2013 at 1:05 am •  Published: September 22, 2013
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CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Seattle's Eddie Johnson and Los Angeles' Juninho traded first-half goals and the Sounders and Galaxy settled for a 1-1 draw Saturday night.

Johnson headed home a corner kick to give Seattle a 25th-minute lead, and Juninho scored on a 24-yard free kick in first-half stoppage time.

Seattle (15-8-5), which saw its five-game winning streak halted, increased its lead in the Western Conference and Supporters' Shield standings to two points.

Los Angeles (13-10-6) jumped back into fourth place in the West, five points behind the Sounders.

Both teams were without their U.S. national team stars. Galaxy forward Landon Donovan sprained his ankle sustained last weekend and Sounders forward Clint Dempsey strained a calf in training this week.

The Galaxy were dominant after halftime, scoring a potential tiebreaking goal that was waved off and created little else that was concrete.

"We just weren't good enough in the final third of the field, with the final pass or our look at the goal, and it made a difference in the game," Los Angeles coach Bruce Arena said. "We obviously got the one goal called back. If that was a foul, then maybe Eddie doesn't get his goal in the first half. I thought (the officiating) was inconsistent, and in a tight game like that, those kinds of plays and calls are what decides the outcome."

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