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Sounders playoff opponents down to two candidates

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The Sounders first playoff opponent isn't known except that it's absolutely not gonna be Portland, whose season is over.

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In addition to a brand new shiny Shield, the Seattle Sounders 2-0 victory over LA Galaxy awarded Seattle with the 1st seed in the West and the best overall record. What this means is that Seattle is guaranteed homefield advantage throughout the MLS Cup Playoffs. But we all knew that. What we didn't know is who the Sounders would be facing in these matches. Well, we still don't know, but we've got a good idea now.

By beating the Galaxy, Sounders took the #1 seed with LA getting the #2 seed. Real Salt Lake earned the #3 seed thanks to FC Dallas losing to the Portland Timbers, which leaves FCD with the #4 seed. When the Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the Colorado Rapids, they jumped over Portland for the #5 seed, the last in the West. Sorry, Portland, maybe next time try winning a game in the first two months of a season.

What this means is that Dallas and Vancouver will be playing for the right to face Seattle in the Conference Semifinals. The game will be played in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday, October 29th at 6pm PST. The two teams split their season series going 1-1-1 (Vancouver with 5 GS vs Dallas with 4 GS). The winner of that game will host the Sounders in the first leg of the Conference Semifinals, while LA Galaxy and RSL will be doing their best we-didn't-want-the-shield-anyway impressions. That first playoff match for the Sounders will either be Saturday, November 1st, or Sunday, November 2nd. Then the second leg of that series will be played in Seattle, Monday, November 10th at 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale Monday morning. Seriously, be there.

So who would you rather Seattle face? The Vancouver Whitecaps or FC Dallas?