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Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Real Salt Lake forward Fabian Espindola (7) collides with Jeff Parke, (31) in MLS soccer action, Real Salt Lake vs. the Seattle Sounders, in Sandy, on Saturday.
Wednesday on TV: Real Salt Lake has a chance to advance in MLS playoffs

If anybody tells you they were expecting Real Salt Lake to beat Seattle Sounders FC 3-0 in the first leg of their playoff series, they're lying. NOBODY expected that result.

But no RSL fans are complaining about the way things turned out. Except, perhaps, that their team actually could have won by more.

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The MLS playoffs (8 p.m., ESPN2) continue tonight with Real Salt Lake in Seattle to take on the Sounders in the second leg of the series. Essentially, the two matches are two halves of the same game, and whoever scores the most goals wins.

So if RSL wins tonight, the team moves on to the Western Confernce finals. If RSL ties, they move on. If RSL loses by one goal, they move on. If RSL loses by two goals, they move on.

If RSL loses by three goals, they go to overtime. And if that ends in a tie, they go to a shoot-out.

And if RSL loses by four or more goals ... well, we don't want to think about that. (Because that means RSL will be out.)

Oh, and there is another MLS playoff game tonight - Colorado Rapids at Sporting Kansas City (6 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).

Elsewhere on TV ...

Survivor: South Pacific (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Ozzy, who sent himself to Redemption Island, fights to remain alive. And the tribes merge.

The Middle (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Mike and Frankie are worried that Axl is going to blow an opportunity for a full college scholarship.

Up All Night (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Reagan's parents come for a visit.

The X Factor (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The finalists perform.

Suburgatory (7:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Tessa tries to get the other students interested in charity work.

Criminal Minds (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Multiple bodies are found in a national forest.

Modern Family (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Phil builds a treehouse.

Harry's Law (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Harry and Adam defend a former prosecutor charged in a kidnapping case.

Whitechapel (8 p.m., BBC America): Detectives attempt to solve theJack the Ripper conspiracies.

Happy Endings (8:30 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Dave and Max make a commercial.

CSI (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): In an episode titled "Freaks & Geeks," a woman's body is found near a traveling sideshow.

Revenge (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): To prove his loyalty to Victoria, Frank digs into Emily's past.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A student is raped in her apartment.

Mythbusters Dirty Dozen (10 p.m., Discovery): The team declassifies its top destinations and reveals the inside scoop.

Top Chef: Texas (11 p.m., Bravo): The chefs split into three groups as this new "Top Chef" iteration begins.

South Park (11 p.m., Comedy Central): Cartman's "best friends" help him through a tough time.

American Horror Story (11 p.m., FX): Ben and Vivien are haunted by one of the house's newest guests. And we learn more about who's still alive and who's a ghost.

Psych (11 p.m., USA): Shawn and Gus track the masked vigilante the Mantis, who is getting in the way of a police investigation.



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