One detail that I neglected to get into my playoff story in today's paper: It appears that the Sounders' first home playoff game will be on a Thursday -- although which Thursday isn't yet determined.
If they finish third or fourth in the West, they'll likely host the opening playoff game on Thursday, Oct. 29. If they climb to first or second, they'll likely host the second game of the two-game series on Thursday, Nov. 5.
That's not set in stone, but it's what the front office is assuming. (And contrary to some earlier online rumors, general manager Adrian Hanauer assures that under no circumstance would the Sounders relinquish the right to play the second game at home if they earn that right by finishing in the top two in the West.)