FRISCO, Texas (Oct. 4, 2010) – FC Dallas (12-2-13, 49 pts) is unbeaten in 18 straight games after a convincing 3-0 win over the Chicago Fire at Pizza Hut Park Saturday. The win clinched FC Dallas a berth in the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs. This is the team’s first playoff appearance since the 2007 season.
In the win, forward Jeff Cunningham scored his 132nd career goal tying D.C. United’s Jaime Moreno for the all-time MLS lead in goals scored in a career.
This Saturday, FC Dallas will play its last home match of the regular season against the Colorado Rapids at Pizza Hut Park (5 p.m. kickoff). Sitting at 49 points, FC Dallas is still in contention for the MLS Supporters’ Shield, a trophy awarded to the top team in MLS during the regular season. FC Dallas is four points behind the LA Galaxy. As many as 17 points behind the Galaxy on June 5 of this season, FC Dallas will travel to Los Angeles to play the Galaxy head-to-head on Oct. 24.
FC Dallas will train Monday from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Central Time. The team will not train on Tuesday, but will return to the adidas Field for training Wednesday and Thursday (10 – 11:30 a.m.). The team will train at the same time on Fri., Oct. 8 on the stadium field before taking on Colorado Saturday.
The game will air live on FSSW Plus, MLS Direct Kick and ESPN Deportes 1540 AM.
*Complete schedule for the week:
|Monday, Oct. 4||Training (recovery)||10-11:30 a.m.||adidas Field|
|Tuesday, Oct. 5||Off||---||---|
|Wednesday, Oct. 6||Training||10-11:30 a.m.||adidas Field|
|Thursday, Oct. 7||Training||10-11:30 a.m.||adidas Field|
|Friday, Oct. 8||Training||10-11:30 a.m.||Stadium Field|
|Saturday, Oct. 9||Match vs. Colorado||5:00 p.m.||Pizza Hut Park|
*All practices open to the public unless otherwise noted
Notable this week:
FC Dallas (12-2-13, 49 pts) has the longest unbeaten streak in MLS this season (Los Angeles previously had a 12-game unbeaten streak end with a 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake on June 9). The all-time MLS mark for an unbeaten streak is 19 games set by the Columbus Crew from July 3, 2004 to April 2, 2005. FC Dallas has now tied the single-season record for an unbeaten streak. That mark is also held by the Columbus Crew (18, 2004).
Jeff Cunningham scored the 132nd goal of his Major League Soccer career in the 67th minute against the Chicago Fire. The goal ties Cunningham with Jaime Moreno for the all-time MLS record for goals scored in a career. The goal came via penalty kick.
Also against Chicago, Marvin Chavez scored FC Dallas’ second goal of the game in the 46th minute. It was Chavez’s second career goal. His first came on Sept. 25 in Kansas City. On the play, Chavez snuck in behind the Fire defense and David Ferreira picked him out with a ball in on the floor. Chavez carried the ball to the corner of the six-yard box before cutting back and shooting to the back post.
Ferreira’s assist was his team-leading 13th assist of the season. He is now one assist behind LA Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan (14) for the lead in MLS this season. Ferreira is also two assists away from tying the FC Dallas franchise record for assists in a season set by Jason Kreis in 1999.