Harry Shipp had a goal and an assist as the host Seattle Sounders matched their largest margin of victory in MLS play with a 5-0 defeat of the shorthanded Los Angeles Galaxy 5-0 Saturday afternoon.
The Sounders (10-9-5, 35 points) extended their franchise-record winning streak to six matches and are unbeaten in their past nine (7-0-2).
The Galaxy (10-9-7, 37 points), who are winless in their past four matches, played without star forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and all three of their designated players.
Los Angeles’ Jonathan dos Santos (groin), Giovani dos Santos (leg) and Romain Alessandrini (knee) were all nursing injuries, while Ibrahimovic, who has scored 15 goals in 16 starts since joining the Galaxy, didn’t make the trip because of CenturyLink Field’s artificial turf.
The Sounders opened the scoring in the third minute. Nicolas Lodeiro’s cross from the right wing after a short corner kick found Chad Marshall at the top of the 6-yard box. The veteran defender outmuscled two Galaxy defenders to the ball and put a header past diving L.A. goalkeeper David Bingham and inside the right post. It was Marshall’s second goal in as many games.
The Sounders made it 2-0 in the 18th minute off a Galaxy defensive miscue. Gustav Svensson intercepted a clearance from deep in the Los Angeles end and made a one-touch pass to Shipp, who was alone at the top of the 18-yard box. Shipp controlled the ball and put a right-footed shot from 15 yards past Bingham, who did a split in an attempt to make the save.
In the 50th minute, a Lodeiro cross for Raul Ruidiaz deflected off Galaxy midfielder Servando Carrasco and into the net.
The Sounders kept pouring it on.
Cristian Roldan buried a 10-yard shot in the 59th minute, off assists from Shipp and Lodeiro. Ruidiaz capped the scoring in the 67th, when he picked off a pass near midfield and dribbled all the way into the box, where he put a left-footed shot from 15 yards into the lower-right corner.
Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei made five saves to post his fifth shutout of the season.
—Field Level Media