Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer (right) talks to his bench during the second half against Minnesota United on Oct. 6 in Seattle. The Sounders won, 1-0.

SEATTLE — Fourteen teams are vying for this year’s MLS Cup, and the postseason features a single-elimination bracket, a first in the league’s 24-year history. The Sounders earned the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference and will host seventh-seeded FC Dallas on Saturday at CenturyLink Field.…

SEATTLE — After conceding a barrage of goals the past month, you’d think the Sounders FC would be happy about seeing a clean sheet.

TUKWILA, Wash. – Sounders center back Roman Torres was suspended by MLS on Friday for 10 games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. Torres tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance, the league said.

Performance — good and bad — was a keyword for the Sounders in their final training sessions before hosting Sporting Kansas City on Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

SEATTLE — Midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro, the Sounders’ all-time assists leader, has been named to the 26-player MLS All-Star team, league officials announced on Monday.

MONTREAL — An unhappy group of Sounders trudged slowly around the visitors’ locker room, having finished off the first half of their season knowing they’d allowed yet another road game to get away.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Johnny Russell had a hat trick and Sporting Kansas City beat the Seattle Sounders 3-2 on Sunday to snap a seven-game winless streak.

SEATTLE — Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer understood the frustration even if a full CenturyLink Field audience couldn’t.

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Sounders bolstered their defense by signing Ecuadorean central defender Xavier Arreaga and bringing back Joevin Jones before the MLS transfer window deadline.

TUKWILA — A MLS disciplinary panel on Wednesday rescinded the red card issued to the Sounders’ Cristian Roldan in the 18th minute of a draw against Los Angeles FC on Sunday at CenturyLink Field, meaning the midfielder will be eligible to play at Minnesota on Saturday.

SEATTLE — When his Seattle Sounders salvaged a tie against San Jose last Wednesday, coach Brian Schmetzer wasn’t shy about saying it felt like a loss. He had a far different feeling about another tie Sunday.

SEATTLE — The Sounders’ hot start to the season was on the verge of becoming a distant memory until they stoked a fire in the second half of their matchup against San Jose on Wednesday.

SEATTLE — An expansion team that played as poorly as expected was a welcome tonic for a trio of Sounders midfielders that still face work in adjusting to one another.

SEATTLE — It had been accepted within the Sounders ranks some time ago that Osvaldo Alonso, the team’s last remaining original MLS member, had played his final match with the club.

SEATTLE — Even before stars like Fredy Montero, Kasey Keller, Clint Dempsey and Stefan Frei put the Sounders on the Major League Soccer map, the team’s defining acquisition had been a German-born head coach with a penchant for winning games.

SEATTLE — A longer offseason than the Sounders hoped for began Tuesday night with them confirming their general manager will indeed be the one making any player personnel calls this winter.

PORTLAND — Sebastian Blanco put the Timbers in front with a goal in the 29th minute and Portland hung on over a tense second half to go up 2-1 in the first leg of their Western Conference semifinal against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday.