Until then, here’s some of what coach Sigi Schmid had to say on the eve of the Sounders’ first-ever conference final series:
“It’s important because I think we’ve been fairly consistent, and as a consistent team you want to have something to show for it. Our first three years we had U.S. Open Cups to show for it, but we didn’t get anything out of the MLS Cup. Now we’re in our first conference finals, and it tastes good, and we’d like to take it as far as we can. So that’s what we’re about right now. But for our organization it’s just a vindication of the work that we’ve put in and sort of validates the efforts that we’ve put in in the prior three years. And to get this far is something we feel good about.”
“We know the Galaxy is a very, very good team. They’re defending champions, and if you want to win a championship, you’ve got to beat all the teams that are put in front of you. The Galaxy is the team in front of us right now and that’s the team we’ve got to beat if we want to win a championship.”
Finally, some basics on the match:
NO. 3 SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
AT NO. 4 LOS ANGELES GALAXY
6 p.m., Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
TV: ESPN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS: For Seattle: G 14, Eddie Johnson; A 13, Mauro Rosales; S 126, Fredy Montero; SOG 46, Montero; GAA 0.73, Michael Gspurning. For L.A.: G 16, Robbie Keane; A 14, Landon Donovan; S 94, Keane; SOG 43, Keane; GAA, 1.33, Josh Saunders.
HEAD TO HEAD: Los Angeles leads 4-3-2 in MLS regular season play. The Sounders swept at home this season: 2-0 on May 2 and 4-0 on Aug. 5, but lost 1-0 at Home Depot Center on Oct. 28. The Galaxy won the only previous playoff series, in the 2010 first round.
NOTES: This is first of a two-game, aggregate-score series for the MLS Western Conference championship. The series winner advances to the MLS Cup final Dec. 1. … Sounders midfielder Mauro Rosales and defender Leo Gonzalez are doubtful for today but are on pace to play in the return leg. … There was no word from the league Saturday regarding possible discipline against Seattle defender Marc Burch, who shouted a gay slur in the Thursday match at RSL. He issued an apology through the club Friday. … Seattle’s Brad Evans, Jeff Parke and Osvaldo Alonso are one caution away from yellow-card suspension, as are the Galaxy’s David Beckham and Omar Gonzalez. … The referee is Jair Marrufo. … A sellout crowd of around 27,000 is expected.
QUOTABLE: “We’re playing our third game in basically eight games, and I think (the Galaxy) are playing their fourth game in 10. Early on in the game they’re going to come at us for sure; because that’s just the way (coach Bruce Arena) is, and that’s the way they’ll be. I think they’ll tire a bit in the second half, and hopefully that will come to our advantage.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid.
NEXT: The series concludes 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at CenturyLink Field.