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Sounders settle for 1-1 draw with Galaxy in Schmetzer’s debut

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SEATTLE, WA - MARCH 08: Fans cheer prior to the match between the Seattle Sounders FC against the New England Revolution at CenturyLink Field on March 8, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The Sounders defeated the Revolution 3-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

SEATTLE – Cristian Roldan scored his second goal of the season in the 49th minute to give Seattle the lead, but a defensive miscue late allowed Los Angeles’ Sebastian Lleget to score the equalizer in the 78th minute as the Sounders and Galaxy finished in a 1-1 tie.

Seattle was in position to get the victory in the debut of interim head coach Brian Schmetzer, taking over this week after the club and Sigi Schmid parted ways. Yet the frustrating season for the Sounders (6-12-3) continued after missing numerous chances to put the game away in the second half.

Roldan’s goal was his second of the season off an assist from Nelson Valdez. But Seattle’s defense that broke down in the closing minutes, allowing a chipped pass by Steven Gerrard to find Lletget unmarked at the back post to tap in his first goal since Aug. 23, 2015.