A larger-than-soccer moment garnered much of the attention Sunday, but the Sounders still had perhaps the worst performance in team history in a 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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CARSON, Calif. — Shameful. A disaster. Absolutely unacceptable.

Those were a few ways the Sounders described what was an epically poor 4-0 road loss Sunday to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Seattle’s offense was inept with a franchise-worst two shots, neither in the decisive first half and neither on goal. The defense wasn’t any better, matching a team low with four goals allowed — all in the first half. The midfield was nonexistent.

A larger-than-soccer moment with the debut of Galaxy midfielder Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay player in MLS history, garnered much of the game’s attention, but the Sounders still had perhaps the worst performance in team history.

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“There has got to be some accountability, and we’ll address that,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “The guys know they’re a better team than that, than what they showed in the first half. But on the same token, (Sunday) they weren’t a better team than that. They got their rear ends handed to them.”

So what happened? Seattle had been rolling with a three-game win streak and six-game unbeaten streak.

That was hardly apparent as Galaxy forward Robbie Keane not only became the first player to score a hat trick against the Sounders, but did it in 21 minutes — albeit with the help of two penalty kicks.

“We came out too lackadaisical and with not enough effort at the start of the whistle,” said midfielder Shalrie Joseph, whose red card in the 87th minute seemingly was a fitting end to the night.

“We allowed them to get on top of us and we were just in a hole. We didn’t defend well as a team and we gave away too many easy balls. We just didn’t play well at all.”

Schmid said none of the Sounders had a good game, which hasn’t been uncommon at their house of horrors known as The Home Depot Center. Seattle is 0-5-1 there against the Galaxy since 2010, including playoff games, having been outscored 13-2.

It was pure and simple domination again Sunday, but nothing to make Schmid drastically re-evaluate the progress his team has made from a worst-ever and last-place start to the season.

Not yet, at least.

“Everybody’s always trying to say, ‘OK, how can we analyze this? How can we break it down? Why is it this, this and this?’ ” the coach said. “Some days it’s just crap, and it was crap (Sunday). You just have to say that. You have to remember it, you have to feel the pain, you have to understand the hurt, but you’ve got to move on. You’ve got to forget about it and you have to move on.”


• The Sounders were shut out for the first time since April 13, a scoreless tie with New England. Seattle hadn’t trailed since a May 4 game at Philadelphia, a run that ended at 320 minutes Sunday.

Joshua Mayers: 206-464-3184 or jmayers@seattletimes.com.

Dismal defeat
Sounders FC’s 4-0 loss Sunday matched the worst MLS loss in team history.
Score Opponent (date)
4-0 at L.A. Galaxy (Sunday)
4-0 vs. L.A. Galaxy (May 8, 2010)
4-0 at San Jose (Aug. 2, 2009)
3-0 at L.A. Galaxy (Nov. 11, 2012)*
4-1 at Montreal (June 16, 2012)
3-0 at Real Salt Lake (Oct. 29, 2011)*
*playoff game
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