Sounders lose season finale, will host Salt Lake in playoffs Friday.

Seattle Sounders FC lost its final regular season game Sunday night, falling 1-0 to the L.A. Galaxy. For Seattle, that means a No. 3 seed in the playoffs, which kick off this week. Had Sounders FC managed a tie or win, it would have been the No., 2 seed. Either way, Seattle would have ended up playing Real Salt Lake, but as the three seed, Seattle will play at home in the first leg of the series, then at Salt Lake next week.

Seattle will host Salt Lake at CenturyLink Field Friday night, but the time has not yet been announced. The second game will be played in Salt Lake on Nov. 8. The series is decided by aggregate scoring over the two games (essentially, the game in Seattle is the first half, then halftime is really, really long).

Tickets for Friday’s game go on sale Monday morning at 9 a.m. at www.SoundersFC.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

Seattle and Salt Lake played to a pair of 0-0 ties this season, and Salt Lake earned a 1-0 victory in Seattle early in the season. Salt Lake is also the team that eliminated Sounders FC from the playoffs last season.

A big concern this week for Sounders FC leading up to the game will be the health of forward Eddie Johnson, who left Sunday’s game with an apparent hamstring injury.

The severity of the injury is not yet known, but Johnson did tell the Seattle Times’ Josh Mayers, “There’s definitely something there. If I had played, I’d have been restricted.” Johnson also wrote on Twitter, “Appreciate all of your concerns and kind words. I can only pray that it’s not too bad. But we have a strong team with or without me.”

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