Juninho scored in the second-half to give the L.A. Galaxy a 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC in MLS First Kick 2011 Tuesday night on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field. It was Seattle's third straight year being featured in the First Kick matchup, of which it had won both previous openers.
Sounders FC (0-1-0, 0 points) dropped their first home opener since entering the league in 2009.
The Galaxy (1-0-0, 3 points) move into the top spot in the Western Conference.
With the loss, Sounders FC fall to 1-5-1 against the Galaxy (1-3-1 regular season) while L.A. improves its record against Seattle at Qwest Field to 3-0-1.
The Galaxy got the game-winner in the 58th minute when Juninho was able to capitalize on a defensive lapse by Sounders FC as he fired a shot off the outstretched hands of Kasey Keller and into the back of the net from 30 yards out. Todd Dunivant assisted on the score.
It was a match in which Seattle saw plenty of chances but could not finish. Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders made six saves on 11 Sounders FC shots.
Seattle almost equalized several times in the second half. In the 61st minute, Osvaldo Alonso sailed an open shot over the goal from the top of the box.
O'Brian White narrowly missed from short range in the 72nd when he attempted to redirect a Steve Zakuani cross into the net but couldn't sneak it in the left corner of the goal. White led Sounders FC with four shots, the other three in the first half, two of which were on goal.
Seattle controlled most of the scoreless first half, owning a shot advantage of seven to four, with five of those shots on goal while Los Angeles had none.