Following a one-week intermission, the Western Conference Semifinal series between the Seattle Sounders FC and Los Angeles Galaxy will be decided with the second leg on Sunday evening in Carson, California. First kick is 6 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center, and the match will be nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
The winner of the aggregate goal series advances to face either defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake or FC Dallas in the Western Conference Final. The West and East representatives will meet in MLS Cup 2010 on November 21 in Toronto.
Sounders FC (14-11-6), owner of the second-best road record in MLS, needs a one-goal victory in the second leg to force 30 minutes of extra time. A two-goal margin would push the Rave Green through to the next round. After winning the opening leg, 1-0, Los Angeles (19-7-5) advances with either a draw or a win. If the teams are tied following extra time, the series will be decided on penalty kicks.
Seattle is still searching for its first postseason win, but it has won three of its last four MLS road matches. It is 1-1-0 against the Galaxy at the HDC, having won there in 2009.
Los Angeles was 9-4-2 at home this past season yet lost two of its last three. It has won all three MLS encounters with Sounders FC this season, with Seattle taking a quarterfinal U.S. Open Cup victory en route to claiming its second straight title.
Sunday's game can be heard live on KTTH 770 AM with Arlo White on the call. The pregame show begins at 5:30 p.m. PT with Matt Johnson, Alan Hinton, Pete Fewing and Jimmy Gabriel.
Official Sounders FC game notes for this week's match against Los Angeles are available at http://www.soundersfc.com/Game-Notes/2010/Releases.aspx.
National TV: ESPN
Talent: JP Dellacamera, John Harkes; Rob Stone (pregame and halftime)
Local Radio: KTTH 770 AM
Talent: Arlo White; Alan Hinton, Pete Fewing, Jimmy Gabriel with Matt Johnson (pregame radio)
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