MLS Regular Season
For most MLS teams, just two matches remain in the season as we count down to the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, but for FC Dallas, Wednesday presents a fantastic opportunity as they play their crucial game in hand on most of the rest of the Western Conference against Vancouver.
Let's take a look at the Western Conference playoff picture ahead of Wednesday's massive match.
As you can see, FC Dallas is sitting in pretty position at the top of the table tied with Los Angeles and that crucial game in hand on Wednesday. Here is what each scenario on Wednesday would mean for FCD:
For FCD, a win at home on Wednesday would put Oscar Pareja's club on 54 points with 16 wins which would guarantee finishing above every Western Conference team except for Los Angeles, and Sporting KC meaning a win on Wednesday would guarantee at least a top 3 seed and a home playoff game.
It would also put FCD in a commanding position for a top two seed which would be assured if FCD wins and Sporting KC fails to win at San Jose on Friday. That's because Sporting KC plays the LA Galaxy on the final match of the season so one team or the other could reach above 54 points and 16 wins, but not both of them.
Basically, if FCD wins on Wednesday, the only way they finish outside the top two and miss out on the wild card round bye is if they lose their last two games, SKC finishes win, win, draw and LA finishes win, draw. A win would also push FCD within three points of securing the #1 seed in the Western Conference for the playoffs.
If FCD draws Vancouver on Wednesday, Oscar Pareja's side will still need to win one more game to assure a top two seed. A point on Wednesday, would push FC Dallas to 52 points but still within six points of the four teams below them meaning the possiblity of dropping in the standings is still there should Dallas slip up in their final two matches.
The point would be crucial in keeping Vancouver below Dallas so it's certainly nothing to sniff at considering it leaves FCD within just one win of securing that crucial top two seed, but as you can see the difference between a win and a draw is massive for Dallas.
Should FCD lose to the Whitecaps on Wednesday, it suddenly makes Saturday's match at RSL a massive one.
While Dallas would still control their destiny in the Western Conference, a loss would vault the Whitecaps to the top of the Western Conference standings two points above Dallas, though FCD would still have a game in hand on the Whitecaps meaning if Dallas could win their final two matches and get to 47 points, the #1 seed would still be assured for the club.
However, as mentioned, a tricky trip to RSL who pretty much have to win on Saturday to keep their playoff hopes alive awaits Dallas on Saturday and while a win or draw means you still have your home game on the final day of the season against San Jose to fall back on, a loss would send FCD to Utah needing a result to avoid a precarious Decision Day match.
As the organization, U.S. Soccer, the City of Frisco and Frisco ISD announce the National Soccer Hall of Fame and major Toyota Stadium upgrades coming to Frisco, many exciting things are happening around FC Dallas’ game with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday, October 14 at 8 pm. Be a part of an historic night in FC Dallas and Toyota Stadium history!
Fans can get their first look at what the renovations to our beautiful home and the National Hall of Fame will look like in the coming years with renderings and videos on display around the concourse.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy that the U.S. Women’s National Team won in July will be on hand on the North concourse and fans will have an opportunity to take their photo with the iconic trophy beginning at 6 p.m. In order to allow the most time for fans to see the trophy, the gates on the North side will open up two hours before kick for this special occasion (at 6 pm), with the West gates opening up at 6:30 pm. Arrive early for your chance to see a part of U.S. Soccer history!
Also on Wednesday, the first 12,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative Red For Glory playoff cup and poster as FC Dallas gears up for a 2015 playoff run, presented by Toyota. And be sure to hold on to your cup and get 50 percent off refills throughout the 2015 playoffs!
As if that weren’t enough, fans can play the all new FIFA ’16 from EA Sports prior to the contest and will also have an opportunity to win your very own copy of the game! Fans can also register for a chance to take home a new Xbox One gaming console as well!
You won’t want to miss this exciting night in FC Dallas history as the team chases the Supporters’ Shield and the top spot in the West. Secure your seats now!
Our October Scarf of the Month is a look ahead to 2016!
Prominent in the scarf a style reminisant of the Texas Flag, with the state and FC Dallas colors - red, white and blue. Also prominent on the scorf is the team slogan, DTID - or Dallas Till I Die.
You don’t want to miss your opportunity to get your one-of-a-kind scarf. Be sure to stop by the team store or buy it at the October 4th match against Houston!
The reigning MLS Rookie of the Year is looking to add another accolade to his collection! Tesho Akindele is up for MLS AT&T Goal of the Week for Week 28 for his first-half strike to put FC Dallas up 1-0. Michel hit Tesho with a textbook ball from the midfield that the Canadian international put in the top left corner behind Josh Saunders. Be sure to cast your vote for the Dallas forward as the top spot in this week's poll!
September is Children's Cancer Awareness month as you'll see the players in tomorrow's match walking out with special t-shirts and we have a young woman battling cancer from our own FC Dallas family that we want to tell you about.
Ellie Slate, an absolutely soccer-mad player from the FC Dallas '04 Girls Premier team, is battling Accute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and she needs our help. MLS has send 50 limited-edition Children's Cancer Awareness scarves to be sold in the team store on Saturday night only and normally the funds would be donated to a cancer charity or hospital but with one of our own facing this awful disease, the FC Dallas Foundation will be sending all proceeds to Ellie's Gofundme account. Get your scarf tomorrow in the team store to help benefit Ellie as she battles leukemia.
If you can't make the game on Saturday but would like to donate, please follow the link below as one of our FC Dallas family battles cancer.
It’s a match-up of the young guns against the international stars in FC Dallas' lone September home match on Saturday evening as the MLS Playoff race heats up.
New York City FC will visit Toyota Stadium for the inaugural meeting between the two sides, boasting household soccer names such as David Villa, Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard, while Dallas will look to build on their two-game winning streak which has seen the emergence of Homegrown goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, posting consecutive clean sheets, as well as dazzling offensive performances from rookie Michael Barrios and MLS All-Star Fabian Castillo.
With just eight games left in the 2015 season for Dallas, every game counts in a Western Conference battle that sees just six points separating the six teams currently in playoff positions, with the four teams on the outside of the playoff picture still hoping to stake their claim for post-season berth.
NYCFC, on the other hand, is fighting for their own playoff lives after struggling at times in their first season. The team is sitting just three points back of the final playoff spot in the East with seven games to play and head coach and former Dallas Burn-standout Jason Kreis has challenged his team that it’s time to step up in a do-or-die game. City comes into the weekend after a bye week on the heels of a devastating 2-1 loss to Columbus two weeks ago. The sour taste that loss left on the team is sure to add more fuel to the fire.
These two teams have combined to score over 70 goals in 2015, with many more sure to be added on Saturday night. You don’t want to miss this historic inaugural match, so secure your seat now before it’s gone!
The speedster Michael Barrios is up for MLS AT&T Goal of the Week for Week 27! Atiba Harris sprung Barrios on a long run in the 69th minute, as the Columbian split Crew SC defenders Tyson Wahl and Michael Parkhurst in the midfield and finished the play with a chip past Steve Clark to put FCD up 2-0 over Columbus. Be sure to cast your vote for the Dallas midfielder for the top spot in this week's poll!