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Sounders to face Houston in MLS playoffs

SEATTLE - The expansion Seattle Sounders FC will open up the Major League Soccer playoffs against the Houston Dynamo.

The first-round, home-and-home series will likely begin Thursday in Seattle, with the return game a week later in Houston. The winner is determined by aggregate goal total.

Seattle is 2-0-1 this season against the Dynamo. The Sounders beat Houston 2-1 in Seattle in July and then pulled out a 1-1 draw in Houston later in the season. Seattle also beat Houston 2-1 in overtime in the semifinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

The Sounders finished third in the Western Conference, one point behind Los Angeles and Houston. The Galaxy held the tiebreaker over Houston and claimed the top seed in the playoffs.

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