At least 42,000 seats at Qwest Field will be available next Sunday when the Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake meet in the MLS Cup championship game.
RSL completed the pairing with a win at Chicago tonight that was scoreless until settled by penalty kicks. (See post below, and here's a game report from the Salt Lake Tribune.)
Los Angeles had qualified with a 2-0 added-time win over Houston on Friday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
During the regular season, the Galaxy finished atop the Western Conference, while RSL finished fifth in the West and was slotted as the low seed in the Eastern Conference side of the bracket.
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MLS Cup ticket sales have topped 36,000, and Major League Soccer announced on Saturday that 6,000 additional seats will be opened in Qwest Field’s west side upper deck.
Los Angeles features two of Major League Soccer’s best-known stars: David Beckham and Landon Donovan. Salt Lake brings All-Stars Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales.
Festivities leading up to the game will begin Wednesday when the actual MLS Cup Trophy arrives in Seattle. On Thursday, both teams will arrive and will participate in practices. Training will continue Friday and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Friday some players will participate in fish tossing at Pike Place Market.
On game day -- Nov. 22 -- a soccer celebration will take place in the north parking lot of Qwest Field from 1:30 to 5 p.m. The stadium gates will open at 3:30 p.m., and the game will kick off at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.
The game marks the conclusion of this MLS season. The 2010 season will begin March 25, also at Qwest Field, when the expansion Philadelphia Union visits Seattle Sounders FC.