Sounders can’t take advantage of rookie goalie, tie LA 0-0

Seattle Sounders FC failed to take advantage of an unsettled goalkeeper position on the nation’s birthday, tying the LA Galaxy 0-0.  A Fredy Montero penalty kick in the 18th minute was blocked by Galaxy third string keeper Brian Perk in his first ever MLS start.
Perk got the start for Los Angeles after starter Donovan Ricketts fractured his arm in a collision last week, and replacement Josh Saunders was shown a red card in the same game after throwing an elbow.
The PK opportunity came after Montero attempted a bicycle kick that hit LA defender Omar Gonzalez in the left arm. Montero sent his shot low to the left, but Perk guessed correctly and dived for the save. Some views appeared to show Perk coming off his line early on the save, but no call was made.
The Sounders’ best chances came from the boot of Roger Levesque, starting on Independence Day after strong performances the previous week. However, his best attempt, a pass from Montero, went flying over the crossbar from point blank range. Defender James Riley had the other shot on goal, a weak dribbler that Perk stopped easily.
The Sounders played sporadic possession ball throughout, at times controlling the ball well and at others being helpless to connect passes or take the ball. Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller was rarely tested in goal, with only two saves. LA’s 10 shots were often great chances sent just off the frame. The stat sheet looked similar for Perk, as the Sounders failed to pressure the youngster in the match. He also ended the game with a pair of saves, one being on the PK.
The holiday brought out a large, boisterous crowd 27,000 strong, but the loudest cheer was saved for the return of David Beckham in the 79th minute. Beckham hasn’t played for several weeks due to a back injury.
Monday marked the debut of Los Angeles’ new third kits, all black jerseys with gold trim. It was also the first time the Sounders have worn their own third kits (neon yellow) in MLS league play.
The Sounders (8-4-8) continue to take their show on the road as they enter the glass house of JELD-WEN Field to take on the Portland Timbers. The Timbers haven’t won in their last six games, including their previous four at home. Their last match was a 2-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City.