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Originally published Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 7:35 PM

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Sounders add Tiffert for game against Galaxy

Sounders FC midfielder Christian Tiffert received his visa and will be available Sunday, adding a boost to a highly anticipated rematch against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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L.A. Galaxy @ Sounders FC, 6 p.m., ESPN2

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Sounders FC midfielder Christian Tiffert received his visa and will be available Sunday, adding a boost to a highly anticipated rematch against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The German designated player practiced Saturday after arriving in Seattle on Friday. He's a noted assists marksman who can help the offense. At 30, he's also a strong leader who has vast postseason experience.

How much he could play against the Galaxy at CenturyLink Field is questionable. The Sounders enter the game tied for third in the West with 34 points. The team is riding a five-game (2-0-3) unbeaten streak in MLS play, the second-longest active streak.

But L.A. is on its own five-game streak (4-0-1), and is fifth behind Seattle and Vancouver in the standings. The Galaxy is 7-2-1 in its past 10 games, the club receiving a surge with the return of stars David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane.

"We'll see a different dynamic," Sounders midfielder Brad Evans said. "Especially with the way those guys are playing right now. It's going to be a team that's on the rise, a team that's playing well — almost the same form that we've kind of been in."

L.A.'s top goalkeeper, Josh Saunders, returned 10 games ago and has four shutouts.

Without Saunders in goal in the first meeting, the Sounders defeated the Galaxy 2-0. It was Seattle's first win over L.A.in MLS play since August 2009.

"Saunders, just like (Sounders goalkeeper Michael) Gspurning, gives them a little more of a veteran goalkeeper — solidifies them a little bit more in the back, as well," Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. "They've played different combinations, but I really think it's been their team has made a commitment to defending over the last stretch of games, and it's that team defending that has helped their defense."

In the midst of four games in 10 days, Schmid has played various lineups himself. He moved Evans all over the field, started rookie midfielder Andy Rose and placed Andrew Weber in goal in the CONCACAF Champions League opener Thursday.

"I've got to hope to impress," said Rose, who had two assists and one goal in the CCL matchup. "There were times where I could have done a little bit better, maybe played a little bit quicker, but overall I thought it was a pretty solid performance."

Note

• Season-ticket holders' tickets for the game state a 7 p.m. start, which is incorrect. Game time is 6.

Jayda Evans: 206-464-2067 or jevans@seattletimes.com

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