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Sunday, October 31, 2010
Galaxy-Sounders: Revenge talk's 'stupid'

By Scott French in Seattle

The Galaxy's dominance of its series with Seattle this season has some of the Sounders clamoring for revenge. Bruce Arena doesn't think a whole lot of that kind of talk.

L.A.'s 4-0 rout May 8 at Qwest Field was comprehensive. The 3-1 triumph July 4 at Home Depot Center was nearly as one-sided.

“I wanted L.A. from the beginning,” Sounders winger Steve Zakuani said earlier this week in The Seattle Times. “Of course, it's going to be very tough. They beat us twice in the regular season, but I think we owe them one, and we're ready.”

The Sounders of May and July bear little resemblance to today's team:
Sounders coach Sigi Schmid acknowledges that what happened a few months ago has no bearing on the playoff matchups, but he says the desire for payback is “the way all the guys feel. They don't take to being beaten, and they were beaten [badly] in both games.”

The Sounders, who did beat L.A. in a U.S. Open Cup semifinal in which both sides used primarily reserve lineups, doesn't need such motivation for the playoffs, Arena says.

“That's child psychology, in my book,” he said. “If we were going to use that on our team, saying we can beat them because [we have before] -- all that's stuff's stupid. This is a new game. The 30 previous games have nothing to do with this game.”