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MLS Cup events lead to 5:30 kickoff

mlscupSeattleHere's our preview story from this morning's paper.

Basics: Kickoff is 5:30 at Qwest Field. Tickets remain. (See below.) The game will be shown on ESPN.

And here's a list of events and notes from Sounders FC:

* Sounders FC Players will be recognized on the pitch prior to Sunday’s MLS Cup. Fans encouraged to be in their seats by 5:15 p.m.

* The MLS Cup March to the Match begins Sunday at 3:45 p.m. in Occidental Park, a few blocks north of the stadium. Commissioner Don Garber and members of the Sounders FC ownership, management and playing roster will join the supporters from all teams.

* MLS Cup 2009 is set for Sunday night at 5:30 p.m. PT on the Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field and will be televised nationally on ESPN and Galavision. The game can be heard locally on News Talk 97.3 KIRO FM radio with Thom Beuning and Alan Hinton calling the action. The pregame show with Peter Fewing, Cliff McCrath and Matt Johnson begins at 5 p.m.

* Fans can purchase tickets or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. MLS Cup tickets are included in the Seattle Sounders FC 18-game season ticket package.

* Third Eye Blind will perform hits from Ursa Major, as well as other fan favorites, to a live audience during a free concert between 4:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. PT. Third Eye Blind will be performing before the game in the North Lot of the stadium, with concert footage aired on ESPN’s half-time show. The concert is part of Soccer Celebration, a pre-game event scheduled 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., during which time fans can get players’ autographs, have their photo taken with MLS’ Philip F. Anschutz Championship Trophy and play soccer-themed games.