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Sounders vs. LA Galaxy: Why you should arrive early and what to expect

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An open stadium. Nationally-televised. LA Galaxy. Hall of Fame. There are a lot of good reasons to make it to the match tomorrow at CenturyLink Field, just remember there are some 60,000 people thinking the same thing. Here are some things to keep in mind when planning your trip to SoDo tomorrow.

  • Before the match, Sigi Schmid and Kasey Keller will be honored for their induction into the 2015 National Soccer Hall of Fame.
  • The first 20,000 fans will receive a Halo 5/Sounders commemorative t-shirt.
  • If you're a big Halo fan, you might want to give yourself extra time to check out the full-size Warthog, or find Master Chief and Spartan Locke on the stadium concourses.
  • There will be a prematch event at THE NINETY to support breast cancer research, starting at 4:30, open to the public. Hosted by the American Cancer Society.
  • In case you missed it, the Sounders will be wearing a one-off Halo-branded Pitch Black kit against the Galaxy, and the Pro Shop will be selling a limited edition run of 200 of these jerseys. If you want one of those, early is definitely the way to go.
  • Besides the extra traffic from the open-stadium-sized attendance, there is also an afternoon Mariner's game, and a Neil Young concert at WaMu theater may also add to the traffic/parking complications.
  • A 13-year-old kid named Max Toth will be playing the national anthem on electric guitar before the match, which is pretty rad. I'm disappointed that he's from Los Angeles, but I'm not superstitious or anything. I still might plug my ears or something though.
  • Tickets are still available for the game Sunday, starting at $25.

So walk, bike, rail, bus, carpool your way to the March to the Match or straight to the CLink tomorrow for this crucial antepenultimate match for Sounders FC as they try to secure a favorable spot in the playoffs. But whatever you do, leave early.

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