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Originally published Friday, September 20, 2013 at 8:14 PM

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Sounders’ rough road not getting any easier in L.A.

The Sounders head on the road Saturday to face the two-time MLS Cup champion Los Angeles Galaxy, where Seattle has gone 0-5-1 since 2010, having been outscored 13-2.

Seattle Times staff reporter

Saturday

Sounders @ Galaxy, 7:30 p.m., NBC Sports

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TUKWILA — Not much has gone wrong for the soaring Sounders lately, but the tone changes ahead of Saturday’s nationally televised showdown against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Seattle’s long winning streak (five in a row) is countered by an even longer winless streak (0-5-1 in L.A. since 2010). Sounders FC has been outscored 13-2 in those six road games against the Galaxy, 8-0 in the last three.

Sobering numbers before the next chapter of what has been a fairly one-sided rivalry.

“Don’t forget: We’re still the best team in this league... so it’s up to them to come here and get the points,” Galaxy forward Robbie Keane told MLSsoccer.com.

Unsurprisingly, the Sounders have tried to ignore that history, which includes a 364-minute shutout streak.

“We really don’t talk about, ‘It’s been this or it’s been that...’ or, ‘It’s been so long...’ or anything like that,” said coach Sigi Schmid. “We just focus on the game at hand, the game we’re about to play.”

So is it a hostile environment at the StubHub Center, a stadium previously known as The Home Depot Center? The venue draws 22,283 fans a game, second-most in the league behind the Sounders.

Not really, according to Seattle midfielder Brad Evans.

“It doesn’t even come close to what we have up here,” he added. “It’s a nonissue.”

More likely, it has something to do with the Galaxy itself, the two-time MLS Cup champion that this year has outscored opponents 25-7 at home.

Seattle experienced that in May in a meeting that was about as ugly as it gets. Keane had three goals and an assist before halftime in a 4-0 rout that matched the worst defeat in Sounders history.

“We were a different team then than we are now,” said Schmid, whose squad has gone 11-4-1 since.

“We have to show what kind of team we are now.”

Seattle’s road struggles this season haven’t been isolated to games against the Galaxy. The Sounders already have a franchise-worst seven losses away from CenturyLink Field, and their 1.23 away goals-per-game average is on pace for another dubious record.

For a team that appears to have the makings of a champion, call it the one key area Seattle can improve in the next five weeks leading into the playoffs.

“The way our league is set up, to win MLS Cup, or anything at the end of the day, you have to perform on the road,” said Schmid.

And there is no place better for the Sounders to prove they can.

Notes

• Evans has missed the last three games with a calf strain, but Schmid said the midfielder would travel for the game. Also making the trip is pool goalkeeper Doug Herrick, as cover for veteran Marcus Hahnemann, who is recovering from a knee injury suffered this week in practice. Midfielder Adam Moffat, acquired last week before the roster freeze, could make his debut for the Sounders.

• U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann is expected to attend the game, according to NBC Sports.

Unfriendly confines
The Sounders haven’t won in their last six road games against the Galaxy, including five losses, and have been outscored 13-2.
DateResult

July 4, 2010

L, 3-1
Nov. 7, 2010L, 2-1
July 4, 2011T, 0-0
Oct. 28, 2012L, 1-0
Nov. 11, 2012L, 3-0
May 26, 2013L, 4-0
Unfriendly confines
The Sounders haven’t won in their last six road games against the Galaxy, including five losses, and have been outscored 13-2.
DateResult

July 4, 2010

L, 3-1
Nov. 7, 2010L, 2-1
July 4, 2011T, 0-0
Oct. 28, 2012L, 1-0
Nov. 11, 2012L, 3-0
May 26, 2013L, 4-0

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