LA Galaxy have opened up their 2011 MLS campaign with a lucky away win over Seattle Sounders. The Galaxy were served by Juninho's superb 58th minute goal to take 1-0 win with them back to Los Angeles.
A massive crowd of just over 36,000 turned up to Qwest Field to see their team in action but the Sounders drew a blank despite having a solid strike force with the likes of Fredy Montero, O'Brian White, Steve Zakuani and Alvaro Fernandez all in attacking positions and producing six shots on goal to two.
But it was Bruce Arena's men who struck the one and only goal in the game when Brazilian midfielder Juninho received a pass from left-back Todd Dunivant and proceeded to hammer home from long range, sending a sprawling Kasey Keller to his right and the veteran could only slightly get a glove on the swerving shot.
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid admitted that the Galaxy, who have now beaten Seattle in their past five MLS meetings, are clearly a team they struggle to beat.
"Sometimes you have a bogey team, a team that for some reason, it just doesn't work for you and, right now, they're that team for us," Schmid said.
"There's a lot of games between now and July and we've got to focus on those other games. Our guys are pissed, our guys are disappointed - especially since it's the opening game of the season and we haven't lost an opener before."
The Sounders will now prepare for their trip to New York to take on the Red Bulls on Saturday whilst the Galaxy host New England Revolution on Monday.