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Sounders FC

Daily coverage of Seattle Sounders FC, MLS and world soccer.

November 3, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Playoff field trims to four Thursday and other notes

Here are a couple notes to pass along:

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— The Los Angeles Galaxy holds a 1-0 aggregate advantage over the New York Red Bulls and will look to clinch another conference final berth tonight in an 8 p.m. home leg at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

— Elsewhere, Houston can also close out a series at home. The Dynamo earned a 2-1 advantage in Philadelphia last week and host the Union at 5:30 p.m. That game is also on ESPN2.

— Sounders FC midfielder Alvaro Fernandez, who suffered a hamstring injury early in Wednesday’s game to put his international availability in doubt, finished second overall in the Castrol MLS Index Player of the Year race. San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski apparently passed Flaco in the last month of the regular season.

— Here’s the U.S. men’s national team roster for upcoming friendlies France (Nov. 11) and Slovenia (Nov. 15). Coach Jurgen Klinsmann explained some of the picks.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)

DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nurnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon)

MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)

FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)

— Lastly, Sounders FC’s Steve Zakuani was on New Day Northwest with author Ishmael Beah, a former child soldier in Sierra Leone, and a former Peace Corps volunteer. They are working together to make life better for kids in the civil war-stricken Sierra Leone.

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