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Gameday comes: RSL at Sounders, 7 p.m.

Here’s a quick look at tonight’s concluding match of the aggregate-score series between Real Salt Lake and Sounders FC:

AT NO. 2 SOUNDERS FC (18-7-9)
7 p.m.; CenturyLink Field.
ESPN2. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: RSL leads 3-2-2, including a 3-0 win the only postseason meeting, Saturday in Utah.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS: For Seattle – G 12, Fredy Montero; A 13, Mauro Rosales; S 108, Montero; SOG 42, Montero; GAA 1.09; Kasey Keller. For RSL – G 11, Alvaro Saborio; A 9, Kyle Beckerman;

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Sounders suggest fans arrive early for match

This notice provided by the club:

Seattle Sounders FC fans are encouraged to plan ahead and arrive early for the Sounders FC versus Real Salt Lake playoff match on Wednesday, November 2. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and gates open at 5:30 p.m.

Sounders FC and CenturyLink Field have teamed with Metro and Sound Transit to provide quick and convenient bus and rail service from locations throughout the region.

For more transportation information visit

Additional parking is available for fans at the Metro Transit garage located on 6th Avenue and Royal Brougham, just a few blocks

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Monterrey-Sounders end CCL group play at 7

Here’s a quick look at the Sounders’ CONCACAF Champions League group stage finale against defending champion Monterrey tonight at CenturyLink:

7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.
Fox Soccer. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
HEAD TO HEAD: Monterrey leads, 2-1. Seattle won 1-0 on Aug. 23 in Mexico with the goal coming from Alvaro Fernandez.
NOTES: This concludes CONCACAF Champions League group play for both teams. Seattle (3-1-1 in CCL) clinches the top spot in Group D with a win or a draw, but finishes second with a loss. Regardless of result, the Sounders will advance to the quarterfinals in March. Monterrey (3-2) wins the group with a victory and advances with a draw. However, a loss leaves Monterrey vulnerable to elimination if Comunicaciones beats Herediano. … Monterrey reportedly is traveling with its first-team regulars, except for the injured Aldo de Nigris. … Seattle defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado is ineligible due to yellow-card accumulation. … Monterrey is the defending CCL champion and qualified this season by winning the 2010 Mexican Apertura. The club has won the Mexican league title four times, Copa Mexico once, CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup once, and CCL once. … The club was founded in 1945, and is nicknamed the Rayados, in honor of its blue-striped jerseys. … This season, Monterrey is 5-6-2 in the 2011 Mexican Apertura, while Seattle is 17-7-9 in MLS.
QUOTABLE: “They need at least a tie to ensure themselves of advancing. We need a tie to finish first; a win finishes us first as well. … I think it’s going to be a motivated Monterrey team, a team that wants to get at least a point, if not more, out of the game.” – Sounders coach Sigi Schmid.
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Sounders/Keller win before crowd of 64,140

Emerald City Supporters' pregame tribute to Kasey Keller.

Sounders FC marked goalkeeper Kasey Keller’s final regular-season home game by giving him a pair of bronzed goalkeeper gloves, a motorcycle and an all-terrain vehicle.

In return, Keller gave the record crowd of 64,140 at CenturyLink Field a performance for the ages.

He also helped give his club a 2-1 come-from-behind win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

The crowd was the largest ever to watch the Sounders in a league match, and the third largest ever to watch an MLS game that wasn’t part of an international doubleheader.

MLS commissioner sent a Twitter post calling it “A great tribute for a legendary American soccer star.”

In terms of MLS standings, the game was meaningless to both sides. Seattle (17-7-9) has clinched the second spot in the Western Conference, while the Earthquakes (7-12-14) already had been eliminated from playoff contention.

However, Sounders coach Sigi Schmid had said he wanted to use the game to get the Sounders into the right form for the MLS playoffs that loom at the end of the month.

But that’s not the way the Sounders started. Seattle looked disjointed early – especially on defense. And it finally cost them in the 25th minute, when Jhon Kennedy Hurtado misplayed a ball in the middle third. San Jose countered quickly, with Chris Wondolowski finishing with his MLS-high 15th goal of the season.

The Quakes had several chances to build on that lead, but they were turned aside by several acrobatic saves by Keller. The best sequence came in the 66th minute, when he made three saves in a single San Jose attack.

That bought the Sounders the chance for a comeback.

And they took advantage of it in the 82nd minute when Sammy Ochoa scored his first MLS goal, assisted by Mauro Rosales in his return from a knee injury.

The game-winner came in the 87th minute, with Fredy Montero notching his 12th goal of the season, assisted by Lamar Neagle and Brad Evans.

“First half wasn’t our best half of soccer,” Schmid said. “I thought we gave away way too much space at midfield. We needed to control the middle part of the field. That was a big thing we talked about at halftime. I thought we did a better job of that in the second half. Certainly, you could see the impact that Mauro [Rosales] has on our game. When he came onto the field, he just changed our whole dynamic a little bit. It was great to see Sammy Ochoa get his first goal in a Sounder uniform and I thought Fredy Montero finished his goal very well. Not to neglect, certainly there were some great saves that Kasey [Keller] made throughout the game tonight that really kept us in the game and gave us the opportunity to win the game in the last 10 minutes. So, not our best night but again, we showed our resiliency and our character in being able to come back and pull out a win at home.”

The Sounders return to CenturyLink on Tuesday, meeting Monterrey in the final game of CONCACAF Champions League group play.

They will conclude their MLS regular season Saturday at Chivas USA.

I will add postgame quotes in new posts above, and conclude this post now with unofficial quotes below:

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Saturday comes: Sounders-Quakes at 7:30 p.m.

Here’s a quick look at a big, fun, exciting, celebratory and otherwise almost meaningless game that one of the biggest crowds in MLS history will take in tonight:

AT SOUNDERS FC (16-7-9; 57 PTS.)

7:30 p.m., CenturyLink Field.
TV: Fox Soccer. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
CLUB LEADERS: For San Jose – G 11, Chris Wondolowski; A 6, Steven Beitashour; S 97, Wondolowski; SOG 44, Wondolowski; GAA 1.29, Jon Busch. For Seattle – G 11, Fredy Montero; S 12, Mauro Rosales; S 99, Montero; SOG 40, Montero; GAA 1.09, Kasey Keller.
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 3-2-1 overall, and 2-1 in Seattle. The road team has taken points in the last three meetings. The teams played to a 2-2 draw April 2 at San Jose.
NOTES: More than 62,000 tickets have been sold for this game, which will be followed by a tribute to Keller, who is retiring after this season. … Rosales (knee) is expected to be on the 18-man roster. Defender Jeff Parke (concussion) is out. … San Jose is 1-0-3 over its last four games. Seattle is 3-1 but looking to rebound from a 2-0 loss to Philadelphia last weekend. … The Sounders already have clinched the No. 2 playoff seeding in the West, while San Jose has been eliminated from playoff contention. … Today’s winner will claim the 2011 Heritage Cup competition between the clubs retaining their historic NASL nicknames. If there is a draw, the first tie-breaker is away goals. … Defender James Riley came to Seattle from San Jose in the expansion draft. … Wondolowski is the defending MLS Golden Boot champion and is tied for the league lead this season. … The Quakes lead MLS with 62 yellow cards. … Sounders Osvaldo Alonso and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado are one caution away from a one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation. … The referee is Michael Kennedy.
QUOTABLE: “It’s going to be work for us to keep (Wondolowski) off the board because he’s on good form right now, and he’s feeling it. As you see with all goal-scorers, they’re a little bit streaky, and he’s on a good streak right now.” – coach Sigi Schmid.
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