MLS Regular Season
FC Dallas face a must-win match this Saturday, Sept. 15 when Vancouver Whitecaps FC come to Frisco for the final meeting of the season between the two clubs.
The match kicks at 7:30 p.m. at FC Dallas Stadium and will air at approximately 11 p.m. on TXA21. To watch the match live and be a part of the excitement BUY TICKETS NOW: FC Dallas vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC at FC Dallas Stadium
Vancouver currently occupies the final Western Conference berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Four points behind the 'Caps in the standings sits FC Dallas, meaning a win on Saturday would leave the Texas side just one point shy of the final playoff berth. On the other hand, if Whitecaps FC should pick up a win at FC Dallas Stadium on Saturday the Canadian teams' lead on FCD would expand to seven points, which would all but eliminate Dallas from playoff contention. With so much on the line, Saturday's game is unquestionably the most important match of FC Dallas' 2012 season to date.
Saturday's match is just as important to Vancouver. Losers of four straight matches dating back to a 2-0 loss at the hands of FC Dallas on Aug. 15, Whitecaps FC desperately needs to win this match in order to distance itself from FCD in the standings. And having scored just once in those last four matches, the Vancouver offense will be looking to right the ship in Frisco on Saturday night.
The match is presented by Guerrero as well as associate sponsors Novo Nordisk and Cash America. The festivities will start as soon as the gates open at 6 p.m., as Hispanic Heritage month will be celebrated at FC Dallas Stadium Saturday night. As always, fans are encouraged to enjoy BBQ, street tacos and live music as part of Lamar's Tailgate on the North Concourse - which will feature a live mariachi band - or visit the Budweiser Beer Garden for foosball, pool ball and great food and drink specials. The pregame festivities will conclude with the ceremonial scarfing of the Lamar Hunt statue, which will be performed by former U.S. Men's National Team captain and National Soccer Hall of Famer Marcelo Balboa (check out Balboa's "Best MLS Goal of all time" at the end of this highlight reel).
Tickets are going fast, so get yours now for the most important match of the year at FC Dallas Stadium.
Full match highlights - FC Dallas 1, Seattle 1
Jackson equalizes & makes it 1-1 in first half
Mauro Rosales scores first to make it 0-1, Seattle
Jackson chance on goal late in second half
Full Match Highlights from FC Dallas' 2-0 road loss to the LA Galaxy.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman snatches David Beckham's free kick attempt.
SAVE: Hartman holds on to Mike Magee's headed chance on goal.
SAVE: Hartman denies Marcelo Sarvas' shot from inside the box.
GOAL: Juninho scores on the setup from Jose Villarreal for the second half lead.
GOAL: Todd Dunivant ices the game on the feed from Michael Stephens.
FRISCO – The LA Galaxy begin CONCACAF Champions League play tonight and there will be more than a few interested observers in Dallas.
“Of course I’ll be watching,” said head coach Schellas Hyndman. “I’ve encouraged all our players to watch.”
LA faces Isidro Metapan from El Salvador tonight at the Home Depot Center in opening round CCL play (9 p.m. CT on Fox Soccer). On Sunday, FC Dallas will be in California for a crucial match against the Galaxy for FC Dallas’ playoff hopes (6 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network).
But Hyndman doesn’t think there will be any type of advantage for FCD with the quick turnaround for LA.
“When CCL really takes effect is after they’ve been traveling for three or four games, adding on MLS games, traveling from one country to another country and then turning around and playing a game. I think then you’ll start to see the wear and tear,” Hyndman said.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake.
SAVE: Kevin Hartman keeps Fabian Espindola off the scoresheet.
SAVE: Hartman denies Espindola again to maintain the clean sheet.
GOAL: Fabian Castillo scores his third goal in as many games off the give and go with David Ferreira.
GOAL: Alvaro Saborio heads one in off a corner kick to level the match for Real Salt Lake.
GOAL: Ferreira scores the stoppage time game-winner off the feed from Brek Shea.
We have post-game video comments from Vancouver featuring coach Schellas Hyndman, Andrew Jacobson and Jonathan Top. Thanks to MLS for the video.
Castillo scores in 60' with assist from David Ferreira. VAN 0, FCD 1.
Jonathan Top gets first MLS goal with assist from Ferreira. VAN 0, FCD 2.
Free kick from Vancouver's Camilo hits crossbar.
Kevin Hartman punches out Robson free kick in 2nd half.
Full Match Highlights - POR 1, FCD 1
Scott Sealy scores off a pass from Brek Shea in 51'
Jack Jewsbury ties match in 79'
Zach Loyd gets 2nd yellow card of match
Hartman makes a stop on Dike in 68'
North Texas soccer fans made history Saturday night with an all-time attendance record at FC Dallas Stadium.
It's been a record-setting season as well, with three of the top ten all-time attended matches occurring in 2012.
A look at the top ten all-time attended FCD matches at FC Dallas Stadium:
1. July 28, 2012 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (0‐1 LA) 22,565
2. May 18, 2008 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (5‐1 LA) 22,331
3. May 1, 2011 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (2‐1 FCD) 21,867
4. July 4, 2012 – FC Dallas vs. Toronto FC (1-1) 21,508
5. July 27, 2008 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (4‐0 FCD) 21,020
6. March 11, 2012 – FC Dallas vs. New York (2-1 FCD) 20,906
7. July 2, 2011 – FC Dallas vs. Columbus (2‐0 FCD) 20,704
8. Oct. 7, 2006 – FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles (2‐1 FCD) 20,500
9. April 22, 2007 – FC Dallas vs. Colorado (3‐1 FCD) 20,500
10. Oct. 20, 2007 – FC Dallas vs. Kansas City (2‐0 KC) 20,500
Full Match Highlights
Magee scores goal for LA in second half.
Kevin Hartman with a big save in first half
Hartman stops a Magee shot in first half.