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The 2015 Audi MLS Cup Western Conference Playoffs start tonight with the Seattle Sounders hosting the LA Galaxy.

Seattle

The Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy have playoff history, and history has smiled brightly on LA. Tonight's game is an opportunity for Seattle to turn that history around. The LAG Confidential match preview. Robbie Keane is viewing tonight's game as a final.

Ozzie Alonso practiced on his own Tuesday. Alonso is a valuable piece of the Seattle Sounders puzzle, and would be a very big hole to fill if he is not able to play tonight.

The NWAC will have a showdown tonight when Highline Community College hosts Tacoma Community College in a game that will decide the division. Tonight's match-up will also be a special game for former Highline coach and current Tacoma Athletic Director Jason Prenovost.

Former Seattle Sounders academy player and current S2 player Duncan McCormick signed with the Tacoma Stars for the 2015-16 MASL season.

Major League Soccer

NYCFC brought in Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo, Orlando City FC had Kaka and Rookie of the Year Cyle Larin. Yet neither expansion team had what it took to make the MLS postseason. Why it's tougher than ever for expansion teams to make the playoffs.

One year he was winning the Supporters Shield and the next year he was out of a job. Mike Petke could be back on the sidelines soon, but this time in the Windy City.

As the first player ever to lead the league in goals and assists, Sebastian Giovinco has made selecting the MLS MVP really easy.

The Philadelphia Union tipped their hat to the past by naming their new USL club "Bethlehem Steel FC." It's paired with a snazzy new logo.

U.S. Soccer

Starting in 2016, youth soccer is changing in America. In the hopes of finding/creating the American Messi, US Soccer has launched the Player Development Initiatives.

Out with the old and in with the new for the USWNT. When the old players include Abby Wambach (who announced her retirement Tuesday,) Shannon Boxx, Lori Chalupny and Lauren Holiday, the new players have big, talented shoes to fill.

World Soccer

Eight candidates are vying for one spot, and only one can win: Who will be the next FIFA President? Meet the candidates.

Jose's tough season continues, Arsenal lose two starters in 10 minutes, and penalties rule the day in the Capital One Cup.

Wayne Rooney has been given a testimonial by Manchester United and like minded individuals. April fools in October?

Scottish powerhouse Celtic is looking to establish a world wide brand by creating an NASL expansion club.

Goals of the week: Futsal, Individual and Team effort.