The battle for the Supporters Shield will be settled by the end of the afternoon, as the Seattle Sounders look to hold off the Galaxy’s summer-long charge toward the most points in Major League Soccer (Watch live on NBC at 3pm ET and online via Live Extra).
More than 60,000 fans are expected in Washington for the big game, and Seattle needs just a point to win the shield. Los Angeles needs all three.
A hamstring injury to Robbie Keane means the Galaxy will be missing their MVP candidate in addition to big defender Omar Gonzalez.
The absences make Seattle the clear favorite; Will the Sounders handle the Galaxy and expectations to clinch home-field throughout the playoffs?
Seattle Sounders: Frei, Yedlin, Marshall, Scott, Gonzalez, Evans, Alonso, Pineda, Neagle, Dempsey, Martins
Subs: Hahnemann, Traore, Anibaba, Azira, Pappa, Cooper, Barrett
Los Angeles Galaxy: Penedo; Gargan, DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Rogers; Ishizaki, Sarvas, Juninho, Husidic; Donovan, Zardes
Subs: Rowe, Villarreal, Gordon, Meyer, Garcia, Walker, Sorto