FC Dallas plays the Colorado Rapids Saturday night at Toyota Stadium in their first meeting of the 2014 season. The two teams met three times last season with FCD winning the first, drawing in the second match, and losing the third. Here's a look back at the previous season series:
WATCH: FCD 1, COL 0
Game 1 - March 2nd, 2013 - FC Dallas 1, Colorado 0: In the 11th minute, backup goalkeeper Steward Ceus left his box which allowed Jackson an easy goal from a long ball that David Ferreira played. Jackson almost doubled FCD's lead in the 18th minute when he shot a ball from 30 yards out that looked as if it went in the goal but only found the side netting. Former FCD player Atiba Harris almost made the match even in the 58th minute for the Rapids but failed to send his shot from 25 yards out into the goal.
WATCH: FCD 2, COL 2
Game 2 - June 1, 2013 - FC Dallas 2, Colorado 2: The first 50 minutes were rather quiet for both teams until a ten minute span in the second half saw four goals. Marvell Wynne's throw in near the touchline headed straight for the center of the box which was then headed into the goal by Harris in the 56th minute. Five minutes later, FCD replied when Harris' attempted header to clear a Dallas cross from Michel, found Blas Perez who found the corner of the goal.
Colorado answered FCD's reply when Rapids Chris Klute sent a looping cross into the box which Harris then converted into a simple goald for his second goal of the game. The last goal of the game came soon after when an FCD cross into the box found Perez once again who finished with a shot from 20 yards out.
WATCH: FCD 1, COL 2
Game 3 - September 14, 2013 - Colorado 2, FC Dallas 1: The game was scoreless until halftime but not for a lack of chances. In the 51st minute, Jair Benitez sent a cross to Ferriera in the box who finished for a short range goal. A few minutes later two FCD defenders attempted to clear a Klute cross into the box but the ball came right to Sanchez on the left side of the penalty box which he then sent into the goal. Six minutes after their equalizing goal, Sanchez driblled around FCD defender George John and delivered a cross in front of the goal that defender Hedges accidentally tipped into his own goal.
FC Dallas returns to Toyota Stadium on Saturday night for the final home match before we kick off the 2014 FIFA World Cup and we're getting ready for the world's biggest sporting event in style.
Gates open at a special 4:30PM time for Saturday's game as we'll be showing the USA's final World Cup sendoff match against Nigeria kicking off at 5:00PM on a portable jumbotron on the north concourse as well as offering $1 tacos(while supplies last) and $4 beer in the El Jimador Cantina until 6:30PM before transitioning straight from the USMNT into FCD's big match against Colorado at 7:30 on the Toyota Stadium pitch.
If you haven't got your ticket yet for Saturday's match, secure yours right here.
We'll see you out here Saturday night as we celebrate both club and country with FC Dallas taking on Colorado in the final home MLS match before July 4 and watch the USA take on Nigeria in the final tuneup before heading down to Brazil.
On Saturday night in Denver, our FC Dallas Special Olympics Team played their first-ever match against another MLS team, tying the Colorado Rapids Special Olympics Team 2-2. Stay tuned later this week for a blog post recounting the amazing weekend in Colorado, but until then enjoy these pictures from the fun night.
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.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.
GOAL: Jackson capitalizes on Ceus' error to give FCD the lead.
SAVE: Raul Fernandez denies Pablo Mastroeni.
SAVE: Fernandez makes a one on one stop against rookie Deshorn Brown.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Rapids defender Luis Zapata.
SAVE: Brek Shea's shot caught and held by Matt Pickens.
GOAL: Omar Cummings scores on the pass from Conor Casey.
GOAL: Fabian Castillo sends in a cross that's headed home by Carlos Rodriguez.
GOAL: Rodriguez returns the favor by setting up Castillo's game-winner with some help from David Ferreira.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids.
RED CARD: Daniel Hernandez ejected after second yellow card.
RED CARD: Blas Perez sees straight red for challenge on Drew Moor.
GOAL: Jaime Castrillon gives the Rapids the 1-0 advantage.
GOAL: Martin Rivero doubles the advantage for the visiting side.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman denies Jeff Larentowicz on the free kick opportunity.
The FC Dallas reserves are in the Denver area for a match against the Colorado Rapids reserves today at 1 p.m. CT. We'll provide updates during the match via Twitter (@FCDallas) and have a recap posted on the website sometime after the match.
Last week the FCD reserves opened the season with a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake inside FC Dallas Stadium. Bryan Leyva, Luis Perea and Jonathan Top netted goals for FCD.