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Sounders to face Dallas in West semis

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SOUNDERS PLAYOFF OPPONENTFC DALLAS 6 p.m. Sunday, Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas; ESPN2Western Conference semifinalHow they got here: Dallas finished fourth in the Western Conference with a 16-12-6 regular-season record. They advanced in the knockout game with a 2-1 win over the No. 5 Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday.Against the Sounders: Seattle leads 8-3-4 in all regular-season meetings and 3-2-3 at Dallas. Seattle won this regular-season series 2-1. Seattle won 3-2 at Dallas on April 12, with two goals from Clint Dempsey and a Dallas own goal. The Sounders won 2-1 at home on May 7 with goals from Lamar Neagle and Kenny Copper. Dallas won, 3-1, at home on Sept. 24 with two goals from David Texeira and one from Blas Perez. Neagle scored for Seattle.What to know: The Western Conference semifinal is a two-game, aggregate-score series. The second leg will be played at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Seattle. The winner will meet the winner of the Los Angeles-Real Salt Lake series in the Western final and for the right to go on to MLS Cup. … Dallas was 12-4-1 at home during the regular season; the Sounders were 8-6-3 away. … Goals should be scored. The Sounders finished second in MLS with 65 goals in the regular season, while Dallas was third with 55. Vancouver took a 393-minute shutout streak into Dallas on Wednesday, and the Hoops managed two goals over 90 minutes. … Seattle allowed 50 goals over 34 games, while Dallas allowed 45. The Hoops led MLS in blocked shots. … Individually, Dallas was led by Perez with 11 goals and six assists. Fabian Castillo added 10 goals, and Michel had five assists. No. 1 goalkeeper Chris Seitz had a 1.45 goals-against average over 14 starts with two shutouts. He was hampered by a quadriceps injury, which was tended to on the field again late Wednesday. … Yellow cards were wiped clean at the start of the playoffs. However, Dallas’ Je-Vaughn Watson, Mauro Diaz and Andres Escobar received cautions Wednesday. … Seattle has made the playoffs each of its six seasons in MLS. Dallas is back in the postseason after a two-year absence.

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Seattle Sounders FC is set to take on FC Dallas in the Western Conference Semfinals of the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs, beginning with the first leg of a two-match aggregate series on Sunday, November 2. The fourth-seeded FC Dallas faces top-seeded Seattle after defeating fifth-seeded Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 2-1, in the West Conference Knockout Round match on Wednesday evening. Sunday's match kicks-off at 6:00 p.m. PST from Toyota Stadium and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and TSN2. Regional radio coverage is slated for 97.3 KIRO FM with Ross Fletcher on the call, and on ESPN Deportes 1490 with Rene Aleman and Noe Menendez. Sounders FC earned the top seed in the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs by capturing the 2014 Supporters' Shield with a 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy on Saturday in the regular season finale. Seattle finished the regular season campaign with a club-record 64 points and became the first team in the post-shootout era to earn 20 wins in a single season. Fans not traveling to Dallas can catch all the action on Sunday at Snoqualmie Brewery and Taproom, as Sounders FC and the Eastside Supporters are hosting a road match viewing party beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST, with the MLS Supporters' Shield onsite. Ahead of Seattle's 2014 postseason efforts, the club has teamed with various corporate partners to invite fans to get involved in the Good Playoff Karma campaign. This initiative is centered upon facilitating good deeds in the community, as fans are encouraged to share their contributions using the hashtag, #GoodPlayoffKarma. Complete information on the Good Playoff Karma campaign, including a full calendar of events, can be found at GoodPlayoffKarma.com. Promotions include the following: Great Clips of Greater Western Washington is offering $7.99 haircuts on Tuesday, November 4 for any person wearing Sounders FC gear and will donate $2 to the American Cancer Society for each haircut. For every Sounders FC postseason home goal scored, Outerwall and Sounders FC will be donating $1,500 to the Fisher House Foundation and providing a family of four from the Fisher House a 2015 matchday experience. 'zaw Artisan Bake-at-Home Pizza is giving away a free 8" individual size sampler pizza with purchase of any large pizza from November 3-10 to fans in-store wearing their Sounders FC gear. Starbucks is fueling the Good Playoff Karma by providing Sounders FC with coffees that they can tweet to fans during the team's postseason run. From October 29-November 9 fans who tweet their good deeds using #GoodPlayoffKarma may be rewarded with a Tweet-A-Coffee from @SoundersFC. Xbox is rewarding fans showing their Sounders FC Good Playoff Karma. Those who tweet about their good deeds using the hashtag #GoodPlayoffKarma have a chance to win autographed Sounders FC jerseys and soccer balls provided by Xbox. Open a Sounders FC checking account with HomeStreet Bank and receive a $90 cash incentive when you sign up with a direct deposit of $500 or more. Also, save between $250 and $500 on qualified streamlined business loans up to $250,000 just by mentioning "Sounders Business Loan Program" until November 30. Hyundai and Sounders FC are introducing the SFC Hyundai Karma Cab that will be driving throughout Seattle on November 6 and November 8, providing free rides and prizes. Papa Johns is offering a free brownie with purchase of any large or extra-large pizza online only at regular menu price during the week of November 3-10. The PEMCO building on Eastlake Ave. E in Seattle will light-up in RAVE green throughout the Sounders FC postseason to support Sounders FC and Good Playoff Karma! Coca-Cola is rewarding any fans wearing Sounders FC gear with a free Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero or Coca-Cola near Westlake Center on Thursday, November 6. Following Sunday's first leg of the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals, the series will conclude next Monday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. PST on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field. That match is being broadcast nationally via NBC Sports Network, Univision Deportes, TSN2 and RDS2. Tickets are available at www.SoundersFC.com or by calling 877-MLS-GOAL.
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