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Game day comes: Sounders-FC Dallas

MLSplayoffs14New England, New York and Los Angeles have already advanced, and now it's down to determining whether Seattle or Dallas rounds out the MLS final four.

Here is our preview story, and below are the basics:

No. 4 FC DALLAS AT No. 1 SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC7:30 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: NBCSN. RADIO: 97.3 FMHEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 8-3-4 in the all-time series. The Sounders are 7-2-2 over the last 11 meetings. Seattle took this regular-season series 2-1, including a win in the lone home match. Dallas has won only once in Seattle, 1-0, in May 2011.NOTES: This is the second leg of this Western Conference semifinal, a two-game, aggregate-score series. The teams played to a 1-1 draw in the opener at Dallas. Road goals are the first tie-breaker. That means Seattle would advance with a win or a scoreless draw. Dallas would advance with a win or a draw of 2-2 or more. If the score is 1-1 at the end of regulation, the teams would play 30 minutes of added time. If the tie remains, the winner would be determined by penalty kick shootout. … The Sounders are trying to become the first Supporters’ Shield winner to advance beyond the conference semifinals since 2011. Seattle has made the playoffs each of its six seasons in MLS. Dallas is back in the postseason after a two-year absence. Dallas finished fourth in the West and advanced in the knockout game with a 2-1 win over No. 5 Vancouver. … Seattle finished second in MLS with 65 goals in the regular season. Dallas was third with 55. … Seattle allowed 50 goals over 34 games, while Dallas allowed 45. The Hoops led MLS in blocked shots. … Individually, Dallas was led by Blas Perez with 11 goals and six assists. Fabian Castillo added 10 goals, and Michel had five assists. … Michel has converted seven straight penalty kicks, including the Hoops’ lone goal in the series opener. … Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz started the knockout round match, while Raul Fernandez was in goal for the first leg of this series. …Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz returns after missing the first leg on red-card suspension. … The Sounder are reported healthy enough to allow coach Sigi Schmid to start his first-choice lineup. … The game is sold out. … The referee is Baldomero Toledo.QUOTE: “We have to be smart with how we approach the game and manage it in the right way. I think if we can play to the best of our ability we can get the right result.” – Seattle forward Clint Dempsey

NEXT: The winner will begin the two-legged, aggregate-score Western Conference final series Nov. 23 against Los Angeles on Nov. 23. The loser is eliminated.

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