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A quick look ahead to MLS Cup '09

mlscupSeattleOK, for the last time for a while ... a look ahead to the game:

REAL SALT LAKE (11-12-7)VS. LOS ANGELES GALAXY (12-6-12)5:30 p.m. Sunday, Qwest Field.TV: ESPN. Radio: 97.3 FM.Head-to-head: This season, the teams played to a 2-2 draw at Salt Lake on May 6; then RSL won, 2-0, on June 13 at Los Angeles. The all-time series is even: 5-5-5. RSL has a 24-23 advantage in total goals.Team leaders: For Los Angeles – G 12, Landon Donovan; A 6, Donovan/Mike Magee; S 56, Donovan; SOG 29, Donovan. For Salt Lake – G 12, Robbie Findley; A 7, Clint Mathis; SH 64, Yura Movsisyan; SOG 29, Movsisyan. Notes: This is Los Angeles’ sixth MLS Cup appearance – most of any team. Salt Lake is appearing for the first time. The Galaxy won MLS Cup in 2002 under current Sounders coach Sigi Schmid and again in 2005. … RSL becomes the second team created through expansion to make MLS Cup, joining Chicago which did it in its inaugural 1998 season. RSL is the second consecutive No. 8 seed to reach the final (joining the New York Red Bulls, who lost to Columbus last season.) … The Western Conference has won six of the last eight MLS Cups; and of course, a Western team is certain to win this one. … Kevin Scott of Chino, Calif., will referee his third MLS Cup. … MLS announced Saturday that ticket sales topped the 40,000 mark, assuring the largest crowd for a competitive soccer match at Qwest Field. Tickets remain available. … The Washington Department of Transportation reminds that there could be traffic delays related to construction on South Royal Brougham Way between the Qwest parking garage and Safeco Field. … MLS’ Soccer Celebration will be held from 1:30-5 p.m. Qwest Field’s north parking lot. … Stadium gates open at 3:30 p.m.Next: The First Kick game of the 2010 season is scheduled for March 25: Philadelphia Union at Seattle Sounders FC.