Winner... Seattle Sounders star Fredy Montero celebrates his goal against Los Angeles Galaxy. (Getty)
Seattle Sounders closed the gap on the top two in Major League Soccer's Western Conference with a 4-0 defeat of Los Angeles Galaxy.
Eddie Johnson gave host Seattle a sixth-minute lead and second-half strikes from Fredy Montero (52), Alex Caskey (61) and Andy Rose (90) sealed a comprehensive win over Galaxy.
The victory lifts in-form Seattle onto 37 points, seven behind Western Conference leader San Jose Earthquakes and five behind second-placed Real Salt Lake, but with games still in hand on both teams.
Galaxy, which had star players David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane in its line-up, remains in fifth place after suffering its first league defeat in six matches.
In the other match, Portland Timbers brought to an end a run of five successive defeats with a 1-1 home draw against an FC Dallas side which was reduced to 10 men in the second half.
Dallas took a 51st-minute lead through Scott Sealy but went down to 10 men when Zach Lloyd was handed his marching orders. Portland took advantage to snatch a 79th-minute equaliser through Jack Jewsbury.
There was a minute's silence before both MLS matches in tribute to Columbus Crew midfielder Kirk Urso, who died on Sunday at the age of 22.