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LOS ANGELES GALAXY (7-4-6; 27 POINTS)AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (12-4-2; 38 POINTS)7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: ESPN2. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The Galaxy leads the regular-season series 5-3-4 overall and is unbeaten (2-0-2) in the past four meetings. The series is even at 2-2-2 in Seattle, with L.A. unbeaten over the last three (2-0-1). The teams will meet again in the final two games of the regular season: Oct. 19 in Los Angeles and Oct. 25 back in Seattle.NOTES: The Sounders have the best record in MLS and a league-best six-game home winning streak. … The Galaxy had been on an eight-game unbeaten run (5-0-3) until its 2-1 loss at Kansas City on July 19. On Wednesday, L.A. lost a friendly to Manchester United, 7-0. … The Sounders have posted three straight clean sheets at home and have a 344-minute shutout streak at CenturyLink. … These are the top two teams in the league since Seattle joined MLS in 2009. Over that time Los Angeles has 308 points, while Seattle has 304. … Robbie Keane leads the Galaxy in goals (10) and assists (6), as well as shots, shots on target and fouls suffered. … The Galaxy is 7-0-3 when scoring first, 0-4-3 otherwise. L.A. hasn’t won a regular-season game in which it has trailed. … Seattle coach Sigi Schmid is going for his 200th win in MLS. He and LA coach Bruce Arena are 1-2 in MLS with 199 and 166 career wins. … Seattle will be without Brad Evans (calf) and reserve goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann (hamstring). Defender Djimi Traore (adductor) is questionable. … Former Sounder and current Galaxy defender James Riley is out after knee surgery. … The referee is Hilario Grajeda.QUOTABLE: “It’s new to Major League Soccer. Maybe the viewership will be very good and it becomes a day that maybe the league looks at as, ‘Hey, this could be a valuable day to play.’ But as you get into the fall with Monday Night Football – the American football – then it becomes maybe a little more difficult. But right now, Monday night should be interesting, and we hope our fans will enjoy it.” – Schmid, on the match being moved from Saturday to accommodate Seafair and broadcast issues.NEXT: The Sounders meet the San Jose Earthquakes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.