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Jane Gershovich

Seattle Sounders set to face LAFC at Banc of California Stadium in the Western Conference Final on Tuesday

With LAFC’s 5-3 win over the LA Galaxy on Thursday night, the Seattle Sounders will take on the Supporters’ Shield winner at Banc of California Stadium on Tuesday evening (7:00 p.m. PT; ESPN, ESPN Deportes, 950 KJR AM, El Rey 1360 AM) in the Western Conference Final. As the No. 2 seed in the West, the Sounders will travel to California to take on the No. 1 seed.

The last time the Sounders squared off against LAFC, the Rave Green gutted out a 1-1 draw at CenturyLink Field on April 28, despite playing down a man for 70 minutes.

Seattle can still host MLS Cup for the first time in club history if they defeat LAFC in the Western Conference Final and if Toronto FC beats Atlanta United in the Eastern Conference Final.

Additionally, with Atlanta United defeating the Philadelphia Union in the Eastern Conference Semifinals this evening, the Sounders are guaranteed a spot in the 2020 Concacaf Champions League.

Atlanta (U.S. Open Cup) and LAFC (Supporters’ Shield) have all secured spots in the regional tournament, while Toronto FC is unable to qualify for the tournament by winning MLS Cup as a Canadian club. If Seattle win the Audi 2019 MLS Cup, they’ll qualify for Champions League in their own right, taking the spot reserved for the winner of the postseason tournament. If any of the other remaining teams lift MLS Cup, Seattle qualifies in their place as the team with the most points to not book automatic qualification.