Thirty-three games down, and one very big one to go. Here are the basics:
LOS ANGELES GALAXY (15-11-7; 52 POINTS)AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (15-12-6; 51 POINTS)6 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: ESPN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Los Angeles leads 5-3-3. In Seattle, the series is even at 2-2-1. This season, the Galaxy won 4-0 in May and played to a 1-1 draw in September, both in Carson, Calif. NOTES: Both teams have clinched playoff spots, but neither can win the Western Conference. The Sounders must win to avoid the midweek knockout game between the 4-5 seeds in the West. … Seattle is on a four-game losing streak and six-game winless streak (0-4-2). Los Angeles is 2-2-3 over its last seven. … The Sounders are 10-2-4 at home. A win or draw would give them their best home season in club history. The Galaxy is 4-9-3 on the road. … Seattle lists Eddie Johnson (sports hernia) and Djimi Traore (knee) as questionable. Coach Sigi Schmid indicated Obafemi Martins (groin) and Leo Gonzalez (hip) are out. … Robbie Keane leads the LA with 15 goals and 11 assists. Landon Donovan’s next goal will be his 135th in MLS, and that will make him the league’s all-time goals leader. … Donovan (ankle) is questionable, as are A.J. DeLaGarza (elbow), Todd Dunivant (knee) and Omar Gonzalez. L.A. midfielder Juninho is out due to card accumulation. … Accumulation totals reached in this match result in fines, but not suspension from playoff openers. … More than 66,000 tickets were distributed as of midday Saturday. … This is fan-appreciation night, which the club will mark with prize giveaways at the stadium. … The referee is Mark Geiger.QUOTABLE: “Really important to us, to filling which position we’re going to end. But the most important is … playing against a team that is also in the playoffs. It is going to be very tough, and it is going to be a test for us to see at what level we are.” – Sounders captain Mauro Rosales on the importance of this match.NEXT: The Sounders move into the MLS Cup playoffs this week, with seeding, date and opponent to be determined by Sunday results.
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