CARSON, CALIF. — The sellout crowd of 27,000 at StubHub Center may have been disappointed by the absence of top stars Clint Dempsey of Seattle Sounders FC and Landon Donovan of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
However, they cheered and chanted their way to the end of a 1-1 draw Saturday that left the Sounders (15-8-5) at the top of MLS and the two-time defending champion Galaxy (13-10-6) still struggling for its playoff life.
Seattle got on the board in the 25th minute, when Mauro Rosales sailed a corner kick in front of the goal, and Eddie Johnson headed it past keeper Jaime Penedo. It was Johnson’s eighth goal of the season, moving him even with Obafemi Martins and Lamar Neagle for the team lead.
That lead stood up until seconds before halftime, when Zack Scott was carded for a foul around the top of the penalty arc. Juninho sent the free kick over the Seattle wall and tucked it inside the left post to tie it.
Scott picked up his second yellow card late in the second half, which played out scorelessly.
Dempsey did not travel with the team due to a hamstring injury suffered late in the week. Donovan was held out because of a lingering ankle injury.