LA Galaxy vs. Sounders, live stream:

 The Sounders moved back to a three-back formation for the first time since July 13, but will deploy a 3-5-2 for the first time this year.

The move was somewhat necessitated by an injury to Cristian Roldan, who was effectively replaced in the lineup by Kelyn Rowe.

The Seattle Sounders sit 10th in the Western Conference, but just one point out of a playoff spot and can jump all the way to sixth with a win over the LA Galaxy tonight

 That’s been a vaguely familiar storyline for several weeks and will probably continue to be one for the next few.

This Galaxy game has some added importance because they are one of the teams the Sounders will be battling for these final playoff spots. 

 the Galaxy have been struggling in recent weeks (although they are coming off a resounding win over the Whitecaps). 

The Galaxy are 2-5-0 over their past seven and 3-6-1 over their past 10. That’s one more point over their last 10 than the Sounders.