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Countdown to kickoff: Revs at Sounders, 7 p.m.

It's gameday, and with it comes a look at the only MLS opponent the Sounders haven't yet faced: the New England Revolutions.

It's a big game for both teams in what is a very clusterned MLS playoff race: the Revs trying to climb in, the Sounders trying to build a little breating room and get back into that No. 2 spot in the West.

While passing time until kickoff (7 p.m., ESPN2), here's my preview story from today's paper.

Here's a nice package from Monique Walker of the Boston Globe, the rare visiting writer who made the cross-country trip.

Here's her main story, an overview on what has made the Sounders the expansion success story that they are. In her secondary story, she looks at the similarities and differences of the Sounders and Revs, who each play in NFL stadiums.

Meanwhile, here's a look at the staggering San Jose Earthquakes, who are the anti-Sounders expansion model in a lot of ways. Their most recent bad news is that their plans for even a small no-frills stadium of their own seem to have ground to a halt.