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Sounders can clinch if, if, if ... starting tonight

Sounders FC can clinch an MLS playoff spot tomorrow ... depending on the results of three games, one of which is on FSC tonight.

Seattle advances with a victory over D.C. United, combined with a Houston loss to San Jose and a Portland loss to New England.

"We have to win, somebody has to lose, somebody else has to lose or something like that, and somebody has to have lunch at Denny's," Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said. "It's there when it's there. We just want to keep getting points and continue to hold on to what we have right now, which is second place. We want to maintain that and be there that if there are any slipups on the Galaxy's part that we can take advantage of it."

The Timbers' match will be shown at 8 tonight on Fox Soccer.

Here is a preview from MLSsoccer.com, which will be updated as the game progresses. And here are some pregame notes from MLS:

· The game against New England is the first of back-to-back home games for the Timbers, vital for the club’s playoff hopes, with four of their final five games away from Jeld-Wen Field. Portland is 8-4-2 at home; 1-8-4 on the road.

· The Revolution won for the first time in nearly two months, putting an end to their seven-game winless streak in the 2-0 victory against FC Dallas on Saturday.

· In his first two games with the Revolution, Monsef Zerka has scored a goal and added an assist, setting up Shalrie Joseph’s team-leading eighth goal to open the scoring against FCD.

· The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Stephen McCarthy of New England and Portland’s Jack Jewsbury traded first-half goals in the 1-1 draw April 2 at Gillette Stadium.

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