It's gone final: Seattle 1, LA 1.
Sounders (15-12-7) end season fourth in West and now face a knockout game with Colorado Rapids, at home 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (KONG 6-16). The winner of that one goes on to a two-game, aggregate-score semifinal series with Portland.
Seattle ends regular season with seven-game winless streak (0-4-3).
Los Angeles (15-11-8) finishes third and goes directly to semifinal series with Real Salt Lake.
I'll be back with notes and quotes.
Meanwhile, these postgame notes from the club:
• With tonight’s draw, Sounders FC has clinched the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. Seattle will host the Colorado Rapids in the Knockout Round on Wednesday, October 30. Time and broadcast information will be announced soon. • Playoff tickets will go on sale Monday, October 28 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at www.SoundersFC.com or by calling 800-745-3000. • Tonight’s attendance is 66,216, marking the fourth-largest attendance for a standalone game in MLS history. Sounders FC has set the MLS attendance record for the fifth consecutive season, averaging 44,038 in 2013.
Second half: ... is under way. Huge 45 minutes ahead. No changes for either side.
Halftime: Sounders 1, Galaxy 0.
Meanwhile, a final from Vancouver: Whitecaps 3, Colorado 0. The result means the Sounders will finish third in the West with a win tonight, or fourth with a draw or loss. Either way, they are assured of at least one more match at CenturyLink Field.
42' Sounders get a gift as Omar Gonzalez sends ball across line, but Ozvaldo Alonso kicks it out of net, and referee waves play on. Clear blown call.
31' GOAL Seattle. Clint Dempsey gets his first goal as a Sounders. Seattle, 1-0.
First 10 minutes: No solid chances yet, but Seattle controlling possession and most play has been on their attacking end.
First kick: ... has been struck. The final game of the regular season is under way. Sounders in rave/blue; LA in black alternates.
Meanwhile up in Vancouver, the Whitecaps lead Colorado 1-0 at halftime ... which is good news for Sounders.
Lineup: Sounders: GK Gspurning; D Yedlin, Hurtado, Traore, Burch; M Evans; Alonso, Moffat, Dempsey; F Johnson, Neagle. Reserves: Hahnemann, Caskey, Ianni, Rosales, Rose, Scott, Zavaleta.
This is the Sounders' 33rd different starting lineup over the 34-game regular season. Still, this one has a familiar ring, as Michael Gspurning returns by coach’s decision, Osvaldo Alonso returns from disciplinary suspension, and Eddie Johnson and Djimi Traore return from injury.
For Galaxy: GK Penedo; D Franklin, Gonzalez, Opare, Cochrane; M Stephens, Rogers, Sarvas, Zardes; F Keane, Donovan. Reserves: Rowe, Courtois, Garcia, Jimenez, Meyer, Leonardo, Villareal.
Pregame: The sun has popped out at CenturyLink Field about two hours before the final game of the MLS regular season: Sounders-Galaxy, 6 p.m.
The game will be shown on ESPN, heard on the usual radio outlets, and blogged here. I'll also have more notes and comments on Twitter @donruiztnt.
The tarps are off of the upper deck and a near-record crowd of around 67,000 is expected.
I'll be back with any updates as they happen, with the lineups expected about 45 minutes before first kick.