The Sounders caught a break in Wednesday night’s knockout-round game when fourth-seeded FC Dallas beat fifth-seeded Vancouver 2-1 to claim the final spot in the MLS playoff seedings. The No. 1-seeded Sounders will travel to Dallas (16-12-6) Sunday to play a team it beat twice in three games, rather than the Cascadia rival Whitecaps, who were 2-0-1 against Seattle.
The first leg of the two-match, aggregate-goal series is at 6 p.m. on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and TSN2 and on radio at KIRO FM 97.3. The second game is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Clink. The winner meets the winner of the other Western Conference semi-final, Los Angeles Galaxy against Real Salt Lake, for right to advance to the MLS Cup championship Dec. 7.
The Sounders April 12 beat Dallas 3-2 in Frisco, TX., and again May 7 at the Clink, 2-1. Dallas won at home 3-1 on Sept. 24.
Seattle leads 8-3-4 in regular-season meetings and is 3-2-3 at Dallas. The Sounders finished second in MLS in goals scored with 65, Dallas was third at 55.
The Sounders earned the top seed in the playoffs and the Supporters’ Shield with a 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy Saturday in the regular season finale. Seattle finished the regular season with a club-record 64 points and became the first team in the post-shootout era to earn 20 wins in a single season.
Fans not traveling to Dallas are invited to a road match viewing party at Snoqualmie Brewery and Taproom.