Sounders update

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  • Saturday, October 22, 2011 12:01am
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Today’s game
Opponent: Chivas USA
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
Radio: KIRO 97.3 FM
Television: KONG 6/16

Scouting report
The Sounders wrap up the regular-season portion of their Major League Soccer schedule with a road game in Southern California.

Seattle (17-7-9, 60 points) already has clinched the Western Conference’s No. 2 spot in the postseason. The Sounders will open the MLS Cup playoffs on the road next weekend against either Real Salt Lake or FC Dallas.

Real Salt Lake and Dallas are tied for third place in the Western Conference with 52 points. Real Salt Lake plays host to Portland today. Dallas wraps up its regular season at San Jose.

Seattle comes into tonight’s game having won four of its past five MLS games.

Today’s contest will be played at the same venue where the Sounders hope to end their season on Nov. 20. They have yet to beat Chivas USA (8-13-12, 36 points) in three tries in The Home Depot Center, site of MLS Cup 2011.

The two teams battled to a scoreless draw at CenturyLink Field on Aug. 13 and the Goats lead the all-time series 2-1-3. Seattle’s lone victory came in a U.S. Open Cup semifinal in 2010.

A 1-0 loss to the L.A. Galaxy last week ended Chivas USA’s three-match unbeaten streak (1-0-2). The Goats, who remained in postseason contention until earlier this month, are 5-6-5 at home, where they have conceded just 14 goals.

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