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By RYAN TOLMICH
The MLS regular season is less than a month away from its conclusion and the league’s playoff picture is starting to get a bit clearer.
The Seattle Sounders announced Wednesday that the club will host its opening MLS Cup game on Nov. 10 at CenturyLink Field. A 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids last weekend guaranteed the Sounders at least the second seed in the Western Conference, meaning they will host the second leg of the conference semifinals.
The date falls outside of the originally announced schedule that saw conference semifinals fall on Nov. 8-9. However, the Sounders co-tenants, the Seattle Seahawks, are scheduled to host the New York Giants on Nov. 9. Moving the playoff match to Monday night allows the Sounders to play on a pitch free from NFL gridiron lines.
The 2014 MLS playoffs are scheduled to begin Oct. 29-30 with a pair of knockout games between each conference’s fourth- and fifth-place teams.
Disappointed the Sounders are playing on a Monday night, or just relieved there won’t be football lines on the field? Plan to be in attendance? How do you see the playoff field rounding out?
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