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Sounders take Supporters Shield with 2-0 win

FINAL: Souunders 2-0. Both goals by Marco Pappa. Sounders claim first Supporters Shield. Combines with U.S. Open Cup for trophy double, with treble in play. Top seeding in playoffs and the right to host MLS Cup if they get there.

ST: GOAL Sounders. Marco Pappa again, getting past LA keeper Jaime Penedo, who charged off his line.

84' GOAL Sounders. Marco Pappa finishes stongly after nice pass from Martins through two Galaxy defenders. Seattle, 1-0.

75: Still scoreless. But still 15 minutes from a Shield, for someone.

73' Pappa for Evans. ... the game-changing move last week.

Attendance: 57,673.First season Sounders fail to better MLS season attendance record. (One visit from Timbers-W'caps vs. to two each in '13 probably significant.)

60 minutes: Still scoreless. And stadium stats board has Sounders back to zero shots, perhaps decided Evans' effort was a cross.

49' Brad Evans' gets Sounders first shot. Though first shot on target is yet to come.

Second half: ... has begun. No changes.

Halftime: Nil-nil. (On an afternoon when Sounders honoring their heritage, a very nice 45 minutes by Zach Scott.)

38' Donovan get yellow. Offers hand to fallen Pineda, and Pineda slaps it away.

Through 30: Sounders still looking for first shot. Yet a third of the way to a result that will get the job done

20 minutes in: LA has seven shots, Sounders none. And that really kind of tells what's playing out so far.

First 15 minutes: No huge chances yet, but Galaxy getting forward more effectively than Sounders. Galaxy has six shots, Sounders none.

First 5 minutes: Big stakes, but quite start.

First kick: ... has been stuck. What could be the biggest regular-season game in MLS history is under way. Sounders in rave/blue; Galaxy in alternate blacks. Slight drizzle as game begins.

Lineups: Sounders: Frei; Yedlin, Marshall, Scott, Gonzalez; Evans, Alonso, Pineda, Neagle; Dempsey, Martins. Reserves: Hahnemann, Anibaba, Azira, Barrett, Cooper, Pappa, Traore.

For LA: Penedo; Gargan, DLG, Leonardo, Rogers; Ishizaki, Sarvas, Juninho, Husidic; Donovan, Zardes. Reserves: Rowe, Villarreal, Gordon, Meyer, Garcia, Walker, Sorto. Robbie Keane out of LA lineup due to what is being called a "nagging injury." Omar Gonzalez also out due to yellow-card accumulation.

Pregame: It is a cloudy but not raining morning in Seattle, about two hours before the start of the Sounders-Galaxy match that will determine the 2014 Supporters Shield.

Coverage on NBC will begin at 11:30 -- and for those in the stadium, a special banner-raising ceremony is promised around then, too.We'll have updates and comments on Twitter @donruiztnt, and this blog will remain active before during and after the game -- including into the evening when the other Western Conference playoff positions settle into place.

(Including Timbers at FC Dallas at 5:30 p.m. on Root.) The Sounders match also will be heard on the usual radio outlets.

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