The MLS Playoffs begin the semifinal round tonight with all four series playing Leg One at some point over the weekend. Friday night is Seattle vs RSL (9 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network). Saturday features D.C. United hosting New York (7 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network). Sunday has two matches: Houston vs Kansas City (2:30 p.m. on NBC) and LA Galaxy vs San Jose (8 p.m. CT on ESPN).
In other words, lots of playoff soccer to keep you entertained. Here are the FCDallas.com staff picks and a chance for you to vote on who will win each Leg One match:
Scott Brown: SEA 0, RSL 2; DC 1, NY 1; HOU 1, KC 2; LA 2, SJ 2
Robert Casner: SEA 2, RSL 0; DC 2, NY 1; HOU 1, KC 1; LA 2, SJ 3
Mark Norris: SEA 2, RSL 1; DC 2, NY 0; HOU 2, KC 1; LA 1, SJ 2
George John is still in the lead after Week Eight of Futbol and Football - but just barely. Feel free to make your own picks in the comments section and see how you do compared to members of the FC Dallas family.
|Manchester United vs Arsenal||DRAW|
|Fulham vs Everton||DRAW|
|Liverpool vs Newcastle||DRAW|
|Texas vs Texas Tech|
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|Week Nine results||4-5||6-3||4-5||6-3||3-6|
|Season to date results||33-39 (.458)||51-30 (.630)||43-29 (.597)||50-31 (.617)||31-50 (.383)|
The wild card round concludes tonight in the 2012 MLS Playoffs with the Western Conference Wild Card match between the Galaxy and Whitecaps (9:30 p.m. CT on NBC Sports Network). Each round we give you the FCDallas.com staff picks & let you the fans vote on who you think will win.
Scott Brown - LA Galaxy 1, Vancouver 2
Robert Casner - LA Galaxy 3, Vancouver 1
Mark Norris - LA Galaxy 3, Vancouver 0
The MLS Playoffs start tonight with the Eastern Conference Wild Card match between Chicago and Houston (8 p.m. CT on ESPN2). Each round we will give you the FCDallas.com staff picks & let you the fans vote on who you think will win.
Scott Brown - Chicago 2, Houston 0
Robert Casner - Chicago 2, Houston 1
Mark Norris - Chicago 1, Houston 0
We asked for pictures of your #DTID pumpkins - and you responded. Visit our virtual Pumpkin Pitch made from all our fans' hard work.
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Final three pumpkins are from Jason Henderson (@RevJakey34), Jake Rabbito #10™ (@jakerabbito), Anang(@anangparikh)
For the second consecutive year, Major League Soccer has set new marks for attendance.
Overall, the league average grew more than five percent, coming in at 18,807. This bettered the 2011 mark of 17,844 by nearly 1,000 fans per game.
MLS regular-season attendance in 2012 topped the 6 million mark for the first time ever, with a total of 6,074,729 fans.
MLS also finished seventh in global average attendance.
CLICK HERE to read more details & global attendance chart to see where MLS ranks.
The mysterious voters behind the MLS Power Rankings have FC Dallas at No. 13 in the final rankings of 2012. Here's what the voters had to say:
North End United - an umbrella group for the four FC Dallas Supporters Groups - showed off their first tifo at the FCD vs Chivas USA match on Sunday. Check out the photos and a time-lapse video of the tifo being created.
Tifo says, "One Voice, One Passion, One Love, Dallas 'Til I Die."
Photos by Erik Davila
FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea decided he wanted to watch Sunday's season finale with the fans since he was unable to play in the match. Shea made the most of his time in the supporter's section - doing chants, talking with fans and cheering for his teammates. No surprise - the fans loved having him there to watch the entire match.
Full match highlights from FC Dallas' 2-2 draw with Chivas USA.
GOAL: David Ferreira sets up Jackson for the opening goal of the game in the 73rd minute.
GOAL: Ferreira gets his second assist as he feeds Fabian Castillo on the wing for the 2-0 lead.
GOAL: Second half substitute Laurent Courtois pulls one back for Chivas USA in the 90th minute.
GOAL: Juan Agudelo ties the match in the fourth minute of stoppage time.