It's game day, and the third-to-last home game of the regular season kicks off at 1 p.m. at Qwest. It's also on Channel 5, and on CBC.
Three home games remaining means that the Sounders can reasonably get from their current 33 points to a probable playoff safe zone of 40 points just by taking care of business at home: seven points out of these home games (Toronto, Chivas, Dallas) and they reach a point total that's usually high enough to qualify. (More on that in a day or two.)
But with a loss today -- even a draw -- then they'll probably need to pick up some points on the road (DC, NE, Columbus, KC). They're certanly capable of that, but they make things a lot easier on themselves with three points today.
Plus, today could be a two-fer, because a Sounders win today not only gets Seattle three points, but it denies any to Toronto, also a contender for one of the eight playoff spots. If the Reds win, they pull even with the Sounders in the MLS standings.
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Here's my story from today's paper, looking mostly at Toronto and Seattle as the off-field successes they are.
Here's the Toronto Star's soccer coverage.
You can also keep track of other MLS action today here. The highlight should be Chivas USA-LA Galaxy at 8 (ESPN2). And then there should be another good one at noon Sunday: Houston-Colorado.
And a couple of other notes:
Before the game I'll be part of a soccer roundtable hosted by Matt Gaschk on KJR, originating from Jimmy's on First. That segment runs from 11:30-noon. If you're in the area, it'd be great to put a face to a screen name. If not, you can listen in on 950-AM or online at the KJR Website.
The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds Sounders fans about extra possible congestion around Qwest Field due to ongoing construction and also because of an evening Mariners game against the Kansas City Royals.
Allow extra time
Check real-time traffic on freeways at www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/seattle and on city streets at web5.seattle.gov/travelers
Avoid S. Royal Brougham Way unless you plan to park at Qwest Field Garage
Park downtown and walk or take the bus
Consider using transit or carpooling
Use the International District Station if taking Light Rail
Pay attention to construction signs