Major League Soccer doles out its rewards for playoff seeding in twos.
The first two finishers in each conference get first-round byes. The third and fourth seeds get home-field advantage in the single- elimination play-in round. And the fifth and sixth finishers at least get a chance to play on.
Two clubs straddling one of those key dividing lines – the fourth-place Seattle Sounders and fifth-place Sporting Kansas City – meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sporting Park, separated by a single point in the standings.
With three wins in their last four games, the Sounders’up-and-down season has begun pointing up again. With most key players once again available, Seattle is coming off a pair of 3-0 wins against Vancouver.
Recent results have gone the other way for SKC, which is 1-5-1 over its last seven games.
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