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Game day comes: Sounders-Galaxy, 6:30 PT

MLSwestThis will be the final day of the Sounders season, or one of the greatest days in club history.

Here is our preview story, and below some basics:

NO. 2 LOS ANGELES GALAZY AT NO. 1 SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC6:30 p.m., CenturyLink FieldTV: ESPN. RADIO: 97.3 FMHEAD TO HEAD: The Galaxy leads the regular-season series 6-4-5 overall. Including the postseason, the teams are 4-4-2 in Seattle. L.A. leads 2-1-1 this season, including the 2-1 win in the playoff opener in California last weekend. This season, the teams split in Seattle, with the Galaxy winning 3-0 in July and the Sounders winning 2-0 in October. The teams have crossed paths in the playoffs twice previously, with the Galaxy eliminating the Sounders in 2010 and 2012.NOTES: This is the second leg of the Western Conference championship series. The winner will be decided by aggregate score, with road goals as the first tie-breaker. Los Angeles will advance with a win, a draw or a one-goal loss by any score other than 1-0. Seattle advances with win of two goals or more. If the Sounders lead 1-0 at the end of regulation, the match will go to 30 minutes of added time. If the tie remains, the series will be decided by penalty kick shootout. … Galaxy defender Leonardo (hamstring) is listed as questionable. Seattle midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (leg) seems likely to return after missing the series opener. Midfielder Lamar Neagle, who also missed the first match due to undisclosed personal reasons, is expected to be available. … The Sounders have not scored over their last 216 minutes. L.A. hasn’t allowed a goal through its three-game playoff run. … During the regular season, L.A. scored the most goals in MLS (69) and allowed the fewest (35). … Robbie Keane led L.A. with 19 regular-season goals, while Landon Donovan led MLS with 19 assists. Obafemi Martins led Seattle with 17 goals and 12 assists. Keane and Martins are both finalists for the league most valuable player award. … The Sounders have never advanced to MLS Cup. … If the Galaxy fails to advance, this will be Donovan’s final MLS match. … Game-time temperatures are expected to be around freezing. … The Sounders announced at midweek that ticket sales had reached the mid-40,000s. Tickets remain available. Seattle is 12-1-3 when playing MLS opponents before crowds of more than 40,000. … The ESPN broadcast is scheduled to begin at 6:20 p.m., with first kick 10 minutes later. … The referee is Jair Marrufo, runner-up in MLS referee of the year voting.QUOTE: “Some of their players might not have played a lot in cold weather, so maybe initially it might affect them a little bit: the bounces of the ball, the field might be a little bit harder. So that could impact the game. But it’s going to be one of those games where both teams are going to have to roll up their sleeves and battle.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on what is expected to be the coldest home game in Sounders history.

NEXT: The advancing club will play host to the Eastern Conference champion New England Revolution in the MLS Cup final at noon Dec. 7. The season ends for the loser.

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