We know you've all been glued to your computers over the last four days voting for Mauro Diaz and then Michel for the 2013 AT&T Goal of the Year, but we need you to keep up the clicking. MLSsoccer.com revealed Groups I-L Sunday morning, and Jair Benitez's audacious midfield bomb against Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Week 28 needs your vote in Group K.
Benitez's only goal of the season was a spectacular one, and it's up against strikes by New York's Thierry Henry, D.C. United's Jared Jeffrey and Philadelphia's Kleberson. Voting for Groups I-L is open until 11:59 pm PT, Monday, November 4 - that's 1:59 am CT, Tuesday, November 5 - so get your votes in early and often to help Jair move on to round two.
WATCH: Group K
The knockout rounds are in the books with Seattle and Houston surviving to go on to the next round and face their respective conference winners in the semifinals that kick off this weekend. The Western Conference Semifinals will see Portland take on Seattle and Real Salt Lake face the LA Galaxy, while the Eastern Conference Semifinals pit Sporting Kansas City against the New England Revolution and the Houston Dynamo against the New York Red Bulls.
We're back with our picks for the overall series winners as Matt Hedges, Eric Hassli and the FCDallas.com staff try to predict who will make it to the Conference Finals next weekend.
Let us know in the comments what your predictions are and who you think will lift the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy.
POR vs. SEA
LEG 1: 11/2 @ 9pm
LEG 2: 11/7 @ 10pm
RSL vs. LA
LEG 1: 11/3 @ 8pm
LEG 2: 11/7 @ 8pm
SKC vs. NE
LEG 1: 11/2 @ 7pm
LEG 2: 11/6 @ 8pm
NY vs. HOU
LEG 1: 11/3 @ 2:30pm
LEG 2: 11/6 @ 7pm
We know you're all exhausted from voting for Mauro Diaz for 2013 AT&T Goal of the Year nonstop for the last two days straight, but your team still needs you! MLSsoccer.com unveiled Groups E-H this morning, and we need you to focus all your attention over the next two days on making sure Michel's Olimpico against Seattle from Week 12 advances out of Group G.
I mean c'mon, it's an Olimpico. He's going up against strikes by Chris Wondolowski, Juan Agudelo and Jalil Anibaba (WARNING: Definitely DO NOT vote for Jalil Anibaba). Voting for Groups E-H closes at 11:59 pm PT on Saturday, November 2 - that's 1:59 am CT this Sunday - and with Daylight Saving time falling back an hour this weekend, that means you get a whole extra hour to vote for Michel! So get to it!
WATCH: Group G
The polls are officially open for 2013 AT&T Goal of the Year voting as MLSsoccer.com unveiled groups A-D today. FC Dallas fans should have a special interest in the outcome of group D, which includes Mauro Diaz's sensational one-time volley strike against Vancouver Whitecaps FC from Week 28.
A great goal for sure, but Diaz's tally is up against stiff competition with candidates by Portland's Will Johnson, San Jose's Alan Gordon and Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio also occupying group D. Voting for groups A-D is open through 11:59 pm PT, Thursday, October 31 - that's 1:59 am CT, Friday, November 1 - so vote early and vote often to push Mauro through to the next round!
WATCH: Group D
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes.
GOAL: Walter Martinez gives the Earthquakes a 1-0 lead in the first half.
GOAL: Chris Wondolowski doubles the lead with a rocket from the right side of the box.
WATCH: MLS Original Ramiro Corrales subs off to a standing ovation in his final match.
GOAL: Stephen Keel scores his first of the season to cut the lead in half late.
Full match highlights: FC Dallas 2, Seattle Sounders FC 0
MISS: Lamar Neagle's bicycle attempt goes just wide.
GOAL: Matt Hedges gives FCD the go-ahead goal off Michel's free kick.
GOAL: Michel taps in the insurance goal after a frantic sequence in the box.
Limited tickets are still available for FC Dallas Fan Appreciation Day this Saturday, October 19. Fans with a ticket to Saturday's match are welcome to enjoy an EPL viewing party, a player autograph session, FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders FC presented by Degree Men and more!
VIEWING PARTY: The Toyota Stadium gates will open extra early on Saturday morning (11 a.m.) as FCD will be hosting a viewing party of Manchester City vs. West Ham United on a portable big screen on the North Concourse. That match is scheduled to kick of at 11:30 a.m. CT as NBC's lead-in to the broadcast of the FC Dallas game live from Toyota Stadium.
FREE FOOD: Attendees of Saturday morning's viewing party will be offered free CiCi's pizza (while supplies last) and can take advantage of some exclusive pre-game drink specials (cash only, good until 1 p.m.).
MERCH DEALS: The first 100 fans who make a purchase of $25 or more at the FC Dallas Team Shop will receive a free Fathead. Special gameday offers in the Team Shop also include $25 off jerseys and $5 off hats.
AUTOGRAPH SESSION: Fans are also encouraged to arrive early on Saturday morning to take part in an autograph session featuring select FC Dallas players on the North Concourse.
GIVEAWAYS: The first 5,000 people through the gates will receive FC Dallas Player Face Fans presented by Degree Men.
SKYDIVER: Just before kickoff, witness retired Sgt. First Class Dana Bowman as he parachutes into Toyota Stadium.
2013 HOME FINALE: Cheer on your FC Dallas in the final home game of 2013 against Clint Dempsey and Seattle Sounders FC presented by Degree Men in a match that will be nationally televised on NBC.
POST-GAME MATCH: All fans are encouraged to stay after FCD takes on the Sounders and cheer on your Special Olympics FC Dallas Team in a friendly game against FC Dallas Youth.
All you need in order to attend FC Dallas Fan Appreciation Day is a ticket to Saturday's game, so BUY YOURS NOW!
Don't miss out on the third annual Guns & Hoses of North Texas Football Championship when it comes to Toyota Stadium on Saturday, October 26. Police and firemen have been training all year to see who will come out on top in this full-fledged tackle football game. Tickets for the big game are available for $10 or VIP tickets can be purchased for $20, and kids four and under get in free.
All ticket revenue will be donated to the Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas, which counts on the support of the community to continue to serve the families of police officers and firefighters lost in the line of duty.
Parking at Toyota Stadium will be free for the game and a family-friendly tailgate featuring live music, inflatable and food and drink will get the festivities started at 1 p.m. in the Gold Lot. Stadium gates open at 5 p.m. with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m.
Full match highlights: FC Dallas 2, Columbus Crew 4
GOAL: Federico Higuain scores the first goal of the match for the visitors in the ninth minute.
GOAL: Jairo Arrieta doubles the Crew lead on the assist from Dominic Oduro.
GOAL: Blas Perez cuts the deficit in half with the assist from Mauro Diaz.
GOAL: Oduro scores just before the break to restore the two-goal lead.
GOAL: Diaz pulls one back for FC Dallas after evading some Crew defenders in the box.
GOAL: Bernardo Anor puts the game out of reach with a strike in the 86th minute.
Full Match Highlights: Colorado Rapids 2, FC Dallas 1.
SAVE: Raul Fernandez denies Nathan Sturgis.
GOAL: David Ferreira finishes the cross from Jair Benitez to give FCD the lead.
GOAL: Vicente Sanchez strikes from inside the box to tie the match.
OWN GOAL: Sanchez's cross is deflected in for an FC Dallas own goal.
CHANCE: Benitez forces Clint Irwin into a tough save.