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Sounders get well with victory vs. Galaxy

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Mar 12, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei (24) cannot get to a shot by LA Galaxy forward Chichirito (14) during the first half at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 12, 2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Sounders FC goalkeeper Stefan Frei (24) cannot get to a shot by LA Galaxy forward Chichirito (14) during the first half at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports

Xavier Arreaga scored the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute as the Seattle Sounders continued their mastery of the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy with a 3-2 Major League Soccer victory at Lumen Field Saturday afternoon.

Jordan Morris and Fredy Montero also scored for the Sounders (1-2-0), who had lost their first two games of the regular season by 1-0 margins.

Chicharito and Douglas Costa scored for Los Angeles (2-1-0), which hadn’t conceded a goal in its first two matches.

The Sounders, who have an eight-game unbeaten streak against L.A. (5-0-3) and have lost just once in the past 15 meetings against their Western Conference rivals (8-1-6), scored on a corner kick, penalty kick and free kick.

Arreaga’s winner came on Alex Roldan’s free kick from about 30 yards out on the right wing. He found an unmarked Arreaga just outside the middle of the 6-yard box, and Arreaga put a header into the upper left corner of the net.

The Galaxy opened the scoring in the 6th minute. Raheem Edwards played a ball into the 18-yard box for Rayan Raveloson, who fed Chicharito for a left-footed blast from just outside the top of the 6-yard box that soared over goalkeeper Stefan Frei and just under the crossbar.

Morris tied it in the 17th minute on a corner kick by Joao Paulo. Cristian Roldan flicked a header that went off the leg of a Galaxy defender and deflected to a wide-open Morris in front of the net. Morris fell while reaching his leg back to control the ball, but he was able to swing his leg forward while on the ground to roll the ball just past goalie Jonathan Bond and over the goal line. It was Morris’ first MLS goal since 2020 after missing nearly all of last season with a knee injury.

Seattle took a 2-1 lead in first-half stoppage time after Montero was taken down in the far left corner of the penalty area by Julian Araujo. Montero converted the penalty kick, putting his shot into the lower left corner of the net as Bond guessed the other way.

The Galaxy tied the score at 2-2 in the 48th minute on a free kick from just outside the top right of the penalty area by Costa. His left-footed kick went off the wall of Seattle defenders and deflected into the far lower corner of the net, leaving Frei no chance.

–Field Level Media