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October 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Sounders clinch top-three seed in the West, will face Real Salt Lake in the playoffs

MLS Logo.jpgNot everything is settled in the playoff picture yet, but a lot is.

Here’s what we know after the Sounders’ 3-1 win Sunday against FC Dallas.

We know San Jose Earthquakes are the No. 1 seed in the West and in the conference semifinals they’ll play the winner of the first round playoff between the Los Angeles Galaxy (No. 4) and Vancouver Whitecaps (No. 5).

That leaves Seattle and Real Salt Lake as the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, and conference semifinal opponents for the second year in a row. Which seed is which will be determined in the final week of the season.

The Sounders and RSL are currently tied in the standings with 56 points after 33 games, but Seattle has commanding leads in goals scored (51 to 46) and goal difference (19 to 11). That means if the Sounders beat the Galaxy in the regular-season finale on Oct. 28, they will almost assuredly be the No. 2 seed.

Keep in mind, RSL and its coach Jason Kreis are less convinced having the second leg at home is an advantage in a series (and the Sounders’ aggregate loss last year might be an example of that).

Over in the East, the five playoff teams are settled as well — Sporting Kansas City, D.C. United, Chicago Fire, New York Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo — but all the seeding is still to be determined.

Here’s a look at the standings in the West:

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