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Fouls abound as Galaxy stands up to Seattle for 1-0 victory
Fouls abound as Galaxy stands up to Seattle for 1-0 victory

The Seattle Sounders fought their way to the best record in Major League Soccer this season partly by beating up on the Galaxy in their final two regular-season games. Not so much on the scoreboard, where Seattle earned just a win and a draw, but on the field, where the physical Sounders pummeled their opponents while committing 37 fouls and drawing seven cautions. So when the teams met again Sunday in the first leg of the MLS Western Conference championships, the Galaxy stood up to the bully, pounding out a rough 1-0 win on Marcelo Sarvas' goal early in the second half. The series, which will be decided on aggregate goals, concludes next Sunday in Seattle with the winner...

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