Real Salt Lake to face Seattle in Western Conference Semis
Real Salt Lake learned on Sunday that it will face Seattle Sounders FC in the Western Conference Semifinals beginning on Nov. 3.
Seattle's 3-1 win over FC Dallas on Sunday night and L.A.'s 2-2 draw at San Jose earlier in the day ensured that RSL will take on Seattle in the West's 2-v-3 seed semifinal. Exactly which seed each team finishes with will be determined in each sides' regular season finale this coming weekend.
This is the second-consecutive year RSL will take on Sounders FC in the playoffs. The Claret-and-Cobalt eliminated Seattle last year, defeating the Cascadia side 3-2 on aggregate in the Western Conference Semifinals.
RSL and Seattle are currently tied for second-place in the West with 56 points. Seattle holds the goals scored tiebreaker over RSL and will likely be able to clinch the second-seed with a win by any margin at L.A. next Sunday. Real Salt Lake will take on fifth-seeded Vancouver Whitecaps FC in its season finale on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The Claret-and-Cobalt went 1-0-2 against Seattle in the 2012 regular season, beating Sounders FC 1-0 at CenturyLink Field on May 12, tying Seattle 0-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium on July 4 and drawing the Cascadia side 0-0 in the Pacific Northwest on Oct. 17.
The third-seed will host the first leg of the Western Conference Semis on Nov. 3. The return leg will be at the second-seed on Nov. 7 or Nov. 8. Game times and broadcast information have yet to be determined.
RSL next plays on Tuesday, when it will take on Costa Rican champions C.S. Herediano in a must-win CONCACAF Champions League match at Rio Tinto Stadium.