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Saturday comes: Sounders-LA at high noon

lagSupporters Shield is on the line today as the Sounders and Galaxy meet in a high-noon showdown at fully opened CenturyLink Field.

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LOS ANGELES GALAXY (17-6-10; 61 POINTS) AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (19-10-4; 61 POINTS)

Noon Saturday, CenturyLink Field.

TV: NBC RADIO: 97.3 FM

HEAD TO HEAD: The Galaxy leads the regular-season series 6-3-5 overall and is unbeaten (3-0-3) in the past six meetings. L.A. also leads 3-2-2 in Seattle. L.A. won 3-0 on July 26 in Seattle, and the teams played to a 2-2 draw Sunday at Los Angeles.

NOTES: This game will determine the Supporters Shield winner. The Sounders take it with a win or a draw; while the Galaxy needs a win. It would be Seattle’s first Shield, or an MLS-record fifth for L.A. … The Galaxy is 8-2-2 over its last 12 matches. Seattle is 2-3-1 over its last six. Both teams are 2-1-1 over their last four. … L.A. has scored the most goals in MLS (69) and allowed the fewest (35). ... A Seattle win also would establish an MLS record for most wins in a season since penalty shootouts were abandoned in 2000. … The Sounders are 11-4-1 at home, while the Galaxy is 5-5-6 away. … This is the final regular-season game for MLS career goals and assists leader Landon Donovan. … Robbie Keane leads L.A. with 19 goals, while Donovan leads the league with 19 assists. Obafemi Martins leads Seattle with 17 goals and 12 assists. … The Galaxy will be without defender Omar Gonzalez due to red-card suspension and defender Todd Dunivant due to a groin tear. … All Sounders regulars are expected to be available with the possible exception of midfielder Andy Rose (knee). … The full stadium will be open. Ticket sales topped 54,000 early in the week. A crowd of 62,841 would give Seattle an MLS home attendance record for the sixth straight season. … Seattle is 11-1-3 in MLS matches before home crowds of 40,000 or more. However, the lone loss came in their last home match against Vancouver. … The Sounders are celebrating fan appreciation day. The club encourages fans to be in their seats by 11:30 a.m. for what the club is calling “a special pregame banner ceremony to commemorate specific Sounders FC accomplishments.” … The referee is Mark Geiger.

QUOTE: “In all my years of playing against (L.A. coach Bruce Arena), his teams like to get forward, our teams like to get forward. Usually it comes down to who finishes chances.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid.

NEXT: The playoffs begin. The Sounders will start with an aggregate score Western Conference semifinal series Nov. 1 or 2 on the road against an opponent to be determined by Saturday results. That series will resolve Nov. 10 in Seattle.

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