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Sounders open semis 6:30 Sunday vs. Dallas

The Portland Timbers edged Sporting Kansas City on penalty kicks in Portland on Thursday. The result sends the Timbers on to face the second-seeded Vancouver Whitecaps in the Western Conference semifinals, while the Seattle Sounders will pair up with top-seeded FC Dallas.

The Sounders and Dallas will open their home-and-away, aggregate-score series at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at CenturyLink Field. The series will resolve Nov. 8 at Dallas.

Seattle eliminated Dallas in the 2014 playoffs on away goals.

During this regular season, the teams played to a scoreless draw March 28 in Dallas, and the Sounders won June 13 at CenturyLink.

Other details should be coming from MLSsoccer.com. Tickets are on sale at SoundersFC.com.

Below are news releases from the Sounders and then the league:

Following the conclusion of the Knockout Round of the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, Seattle Sounders FC is set to face top-seeded FC Dallas in the Western Conference Semifinals. The first leg of the two-match aggregate series takes place this Sunday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. PT with a national broadcast on FOX Sports 1. The return leg of the series is being played on Sunday, November 8 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

 

Tickets to Sunday's match are available now and can be purchased via the following link: http://sndrs.com/e686. Fans are reminded that tickets for all Sounders FC postseason matches will not be available via MatchPass or mailed, and all tickets must be printed at home or downloaded on mobile devices for entry. Season Ticket Members will still earn MatchPass points for attending Sunday's match and can manage their tickets via the following link: http://sndrs.com/zwaa. Any questions regarding Sunday's ticketing procedures can be submitted by email to customerservice@soundersfc.com or by calling 877-MLS-GOAL. Sounders FC club ambassadors and customer service representatives will be on-site at various CenturyLink Field gates to assist fans with the ticketing process.

 

Seattle's opponent was confirmed Thursday night after the Portland Timbers advanced via penalty kicks following at 2-2 draw after extra time with Sporting Kansas City. Sounders FC and FC Dallas met last season in the Western Conference Semifinals, with the Rave Green advancing via the away goals tiebreaker after the two teams were level at 1-1 after two legs.

 

The other side of the Western Conference bracket features third-seeded Portland and second-seeded Vancouver Whitecaps FC meeting in the postseason for the first time. The series opens on Sunday at Providence Park in Portland, and the second leg is being played November 8 at BC Place in Vancouver.

 

In addition to a national broadcast on FOX Sports 1, fans in Western Washington can tune in to KIRO Radio 97.3 FM to hear Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller call the match, with coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. PT. El Rey 1360 AM is also airing the match in Spanish with "Zuper" Mario Rodriguez and Felipe Maqueda on the call.

Below, a preview from the league:

The Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs Eastern and Western Conference Semifinals are set following the conclusion of the four Knockout Round matches.

 

First Leg: Sunday, November 1: (Home team listed first)

Eastern Conference: #4 D.C. United vs. #1 New York Red Bulls – 3 p.m. ET (ESPN/ESPN Deportes)

Western Conference: #3 Portland Timbers vs. #2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC – 5 p.m. ET (ESPN/ESPN Deportes; TSN)

Eastern Conference: #3 Montreal Impact vs. #2 Columbus Crew SC– 7 p.m. ET (FS1, FOX Deportes; TSN)

Western Conference: #4 Seattle Sounders FC vs. #1 FC Dallas – 9:30 p.m. ET (FS1, FOX Deportes; TSN)

 

The national broadcast schedule for the second-leg of the Conference Semifinals, set for November 8 at the home of the higher seed, will be determined on Sunday evening.

 

At the end of the 2015 MLS Regular Season, the New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew SC finished in first and second place in the Eastern Conference, respectively, and FC Dallas and Vancouver Whitecaps FC claimed the top two positions, respectively, in the Western Conference. All four teams earned first-round byes and direct entry into the Conference Semifinals where they will meet the winners of the midweek Knockout Round matches.

 

In the Eastern Conference Knockout Round, D.C. United defeated the New England Revolution, 2-1, on Wednesday night and the Montreal Impact defeated Toronto FC 3-0 Thursday evening.

 

Out West, Seattle Sounders FC eliminated the defending MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy on Wednesday night with a 3-2 win, and the Portland Timbers defeated Sporting Kansas City 7-6 on penalty kicks after drawing 2-2 after 120 minutes.

 

 

The Conference Semifinals and Conference Championships are two-leg, aggregate goal series. If the score of the first leg is tied at the end of regulation, the match will end in a draw. If the series is tied after two legs, the team with the most away goals will advance. If the total goals and away goals are equal, then an additional 30 minutes (two 15 minute periods) of added extra time will be played in its entirety. Away goals do not count in extra time. If the score is still tied after extra time, the match will be decided by kicks from the penalty spot in accordance to FIFA’s Laws of the Game.

 

Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs Schedule:

 

Knockout Round

(Home team listed first)

 

Wed., Oct. 28

         D.C. United 2-1 New England Revolution

         Seattle Sounders FC 3-2 LA Galaxy

 

Thurs., Oct. 29

         Montreal Impact 3-0 Toronto FC.

         Portland Timbers 2-2 (7-6) Sporting Kansas City

Eastern and Western Conference Semifinals

(Home team listed first; Two-game series, aggregate-goal format)

 

First Leg – Sunday, Nov. 1

         3 p.m. ET – D.C. United vs. New York Red Bulls (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

         5:00 p.m. ET – Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (ESPN, ESPN Deportes; TSN)

         7 p.m. ET – Montreal Impact vs. Columbus Crew SC (FS1, FOX Deportes; TSN)

         9:30 p.m. ET – Seattle Sounders FC vs. FC Dallas (FS1, FOX Deportes; TSN)

 

Second Leg – Sunday, Nov. 8

         3 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

         5 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

         7:30 p.m. ET (FS1, FOX Deportes)

         10:00 p.m. ET (FS1, FOX Deportes)

 

Conference Championships

(Two-game series, aggregate-goal format)

 

First Leg – Sunday, Nov. 22

         5 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

         7:30 p.m. ET (FS1, FOX Deportes)

 

Second Leg – Sunday, Nov. 29

         5 p.m. ET (ESPN, ESPN Deportes)

         7:30 p.m. ET (FS1, FOX Deportes)

 

MLS Cup 2015

Sunday, December 6 (hosted by finalist with best regular season record)

4 p.m. ET (ESPN, UniMás, TSN, and RDS networks)

 

 

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