SANDY, UT - MAY 28: Mike Fucito #2 of the Seattle Sounders FC moves the ball against Jamison Olave #4 of Real Salt Lake in a MLS soccer game on May 28, 2011 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Olave would go on to obstruct Fucito, earning him a red card. (Photo by Mike Terry/Getty Images)
With all results having any impact on the Sounders playoff picture now final, Seattle's opponent and date of their first playoff game have been announced.
Real Salt Lake has confirmed that the first leg of their playoff tie against the Seattle Sounders will be held on Saturday, October 29th at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah at a time to be announced. The return leg will presumably be held at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday, November 2nd though there has been no confirmation of this being the case.
Real Salt Lake clinched third place in the MLS Western Conference after drawing 1-1 to the Portland Timbers and a 4-2 loss by a reserve-heavy FC Dallas to the San Jose Earthquakes. The Sounders and Real Salt Lake have split this season's series; Seattle ending RSL's 29 game home unbeaten streak with a 2-1 win on May 28th and Real Salt Lake handed the Sounders their first loss across three competitions in over a month with a 2-1 win in Seattle on September 10th.
Tickets for Seattle's leg of the Conference Semi-Finals will go on sale to the general public on Monday, October 24th at 10:00 AM.