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SEAvLAFC 101 Preview: All you need to know for the Western Conference Semifinals, pres. by Ticketmaster


The Seattle Sounders are hosting LAFC on Sunday, Nov. 26 in the Western Conference Semifinals. Here is everything you need to know:

WHEN AND WHERE: Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. PT at Lumen Field.

WHERE TO WATCH: The match will be available to watch exclusively on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.

WHERE TO LISTEN: The match will air in English on 950 KJR AM and in Spanish on El Rey 1360AM.

2023 RECORDS AND STANDINGS: Sounders: 14-9-11 (53 points, 2nd West), LAFC: 14-10-10 (52 points, 2nd West)

FORM GUIDE (most recent first, all competitions): Seattle: W-L-W-W-D, LAFC: W-W-D-W-W

PREVIOUS MEETING: LAFC defeated the Sounders 1-0 the last time the two teams went head-to-head on June 21 after midfielder Mateusz Bogusz notched one into the back of the net within the first minute of the match.

FAN SUPPORT: With home field advantage, the Sounders have the opportunity to play in front of their fans once again. While it's vital for the team to play up to their potential, they'll also need support from the fans in the stands to make it a difficult environment for their opposition and give them the energy they need to solidify a conference semifinal win.

RAVENOUS RUSNÁK: In two of the three Round One matches, Albert Rusnák tallied game-winning goals to push the Sounders to the next stage of playoffs. His ability to execute in crucial moments of matches is apparent with all seven of his goals this year being game-winners.

HOME PLAYOFF STREAK: The Sounders are currently tied with New England Revolution for the longest playoff home unbeaten streak in MLS history (19). If the Sounders win the conference semifinals, the team would take sole ownership of this record with 20 straight playoff wins at Lumen Field.

POSTSEASON HISTORY: The last time the Sounders and LAFC battled it out in the postseason was back in 2020 in the opening round of playoffs. The Rave Green defeated LAFC 3-1 at Lumen Field, behind goals from Nicolás Lodeiro, Raul Ruidíaz and Jordan Morris.

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INTERNATIONAL CALL-UPS: Both the Sounders and LAFC will have players away on international duty prior to the Nov. 26 match. Nouhou (Cameroon), Josh Atencio (U.S. U-23's) and Stuart Hawkins (U.S. U-17's) are the few Sounders players representing their countries while LAFC players Dénis Bouanga (Gabon), Maxime Crepèau (Canada), Filip Krastev (Bulgaria), Cristian Olivera (Uruguay), Denil Maldonado (Honduras), Stipe Biuk (Croatia U-21) will also be away during the FIFA international window.

EVENLY MATCHED: The Sounders and LAFC finished at the top of the Western Conference standings ranking No. 2 and No. 3 to close out the 2023 regular season. Both of their head-to-head regular season battles were competitive, with the first one ending in a 0-0 draw and the second with LAFC winning by 1 goal.

REIGNING CHAMPS: LAFC clinched the 2022 MLS Cup title after their 3-3 draw against Philadelphia Union went to penalties. The LA team was also named the winners of the 2022 MLS Supporters’ Shield for the second time in four years.



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