Match Preview: FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids

FC Dallas looking to set record vs. recovering Rapids

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The Basics

FC
Dallas
(12-2-13, 51 points, third place in Western Conference) vs. Colorado
Rapids
(11-8-8, 41 points, fifth place in West) at Pizza Hut Park
in Frisco, Texas.

FCD lead the all-time series between the teams 24-17-9. The sides
played to a 1-1 draw back on July 31 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Dallas are 5-1-2 against the Rapids at PHP.

TV info

5 p.m. CT, Fox Sports Southwest+; MLS Direct Kick, Matchday Live.

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Game Intro 

With both sides eyeing the postseason, Colorado and FC Dallas renew
their Western Conference rivalry on Saturday night. The Rapids are still
looking to punch their ticket to the playoffs after a 1-0 setback
against D.C.
United
in Commerce City last weekend.

Saturday’s match starts a tough three-game gauntlet for the Rapids
that sees them face the top three clubs in the Western Conference to end
the regular season.

FC Dallas clinched their first playoff spot since 2007 by beating
Chicago 3-0 last weekend at Pizza Hut Park. Now they have their sights
set on the Supporters’ Shield. FCD have 49 points, just four behind the LA Galaxy
for the lead and two behind second-place Real
Salt Lake
.

FC Dallas

All is well in Frisco after the club clinched a playoff spot by
shutting out their Brimstone Cup rivals, the Chicago
Fire
. With his second-half penalty kick, Jeff Cunningham also
tied Jaime Moreno for the top
spot in career goals in MLS with 132.

FCD were still without a number of starters, but George John is expected to make his return
against Colorado. The team now focuses on winning the Supporters' Shield
for the first time in their history. A win over the Rapids would make a
tight race to the top even tighter.

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Colorado Rapids

The Rapids enter this weekend in desperation mode after last
Saturday’s shocking home loss to lowly United. Following Saturday’s
match, Gary Smith’s side will travel to LA to take on the Galaxy before
finally closing out the season at home against Rocky Mountain Cup rivals
Real Salt Lake.

Colorado will have to be especially focused on getting a result if
they hope to clinch a postseason berth, and they will be looking to make
a statement after last weekend’s loss. The Rapids will have to shake
off their Frisco voodoo, as they have a poor record at Pizza Hut Park
and FCD have only lost once all year at home.                     

Heroes and Villains           

Dario Sala vs. Omar Cummings and Conor Casey: The veteran FCD goalkeeper
has a career mark of 5-1-3 against Colorado and a goals-against-average
of just 0.78. He'll be in goal again this weekend as Kevin Hartman continues to recover from a
strained right MCL, and he'll have to remain at his best against
arguably the most dangerous strike tandem in MLS – Cummings and Casey
have combined for 23 goals this season.

Stat that makes you go “Hmm...”           

FC Dallas is currently on an 18-game unbeaten streak, tied for
longest in a single season. One more game without suffering a loss would
set the all-time record and match the all-time undefeated
regular-season mark, set by Columbus over the 2002 and '03 seasons.