With a win or draw today, Seattle will pass Real Salt Lake for No. 2 seeding in the Western Conference. With a loss, the Sounders would finish third.
In either case, Seattle and RSL will open the playoffs against each other in a home-and-away, aggregate-score series. The No. 2 seed is awarded the advantage of playing the deciding second game at home.
Picking up three points today also would give the Sounders 59 on the season, which would be third in MLS behind San Jose and Sporting Kansas City. That would mean that if the Sounders advance to the MLS Cup, the game would be played in Seattle against any opponent other than SKC.
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In unfinished individual business, forward Eddie Johnson will look to build on his club-record 14 goals. Just one goal behind is Fredy Montero – who has won or shared the Sounders’ goal-scoring category in each of its first three seasons.
Midfielder Mauro Rosales needs one more assist to top the club-record 13 he registered last season.
Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning comes into this match with a 0.72 goals-against average, on pace to improve on the club-record 0.92 established by Kasey Keller in the 2009 expansion season.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (15-7-11; 56 POINTS)AT LOS ANGELES GALAXY (15-12-6; 51 POINTS)6 p.m., Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.TV: ESPN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.CLUB LEADERS: For Seattle: G 14, Eddie Johnson; A 13, Mauro Rosales; S 119, Fredy Montero; SOG 45, Montero; GAA 0.72, Michael Gspurning. For Los Angeles: G 16, Robbie Keane; A 14, Landon Donovan; S 86, Keane; SOG 43, Keane; GAA 1.38, Josh Saunders.HEAD TO HEAD: The clubs are even, 3-3-2, in MLS regular season play. The Sounders swept the two previous meetings this season, 2-0 on May 2 and 4-0 on Aug. 5, both in Seattle.NOTES: Seattle will pass Real Salt Lake for No. 2 playoff seeding in the Western Conference with a win or draw, but finishes third with a loss. … Los Angeles will finish fourth in the Western Conference regardless of result, and will host fifth-seeded Vancouver in a single play-in game Thursday. … The Sounders are 4-3-8 on the road, while the Galaxy is 9-6-1 at home. … L.A. started the season 3-8-2, but has gone 12-4-4 since. … Both teams are 2-1-2 over their last five matches. … The Galaxy’s three designated players – Keane, Donovan and David Beckham – have combined for 32 goal and 31 assists. All are expected to play. … Los Angeles is second in MLS in goals scored, but 14th in goals allowed. The Galaxy also leads the league in first-half goals and is second in assists, shots on goal and corner kicks. … Midfielder Andy Rose and defenders Leo Gonzalez and Patrick Ianni are out for Seattle. … The referee is Terry Stott.QUOTABLE: "At this time of year, you want to go against the best. L.A. is one of the best teams in the league, and we want to use this game and learn and get a lot out of this game and take this momentum into the playoffs.” -- JohnsonNEXT: Seattle and Salt Lake will meet in a home-and-away, aggregate-score playoff series. There has been no announcement of dates from the Sounders, however RSL has reported: "If Seattle loses at the Galaxy, RSL will be the West’s two-seed and will travel to Pacific Northwest for the series’ first leg on Nov. 2 before hosting Sounders FC in the second leg on Nov. 8. If Seattle wins or draws on Sunday, RSL will be the third-seed and will host Sounders FC in the first leg on Nov. 3 before taking on the Cascadia club at CenturyLink Field in the second leg on Nov. 8."