FRISCO, Texas (Oct. 24, 2010) – FC Dallas will face the reigning MLS Cup Champions Real Salt Lake this Saturday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. Central Time at Pizza Hut Park, the league announced today.
Presented by Cash America, the match represents the first leg of the team’s home-and-away Western Conference Semifinal series against Salt Lake. The game will be broadcast live nationally on Fox Soccer Channel. In addition to the playoff match, FC Dallas will host a pre-playoff rally at Mockingbird Station Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.
Despite falling 2-1 to the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center this evening, FC Dallas (12-4-14, 50 points) ended the MLS season with the fewest losses by a team in league history. The team also set league records for the longest road unbeaten streak (12 games) and longest overall unbeaten streak (19 games) in a single season.
FC Dallas split its regular season series with Real Salt Lake, winning 2-0 at Pizza Hut Park on July 17. Dallas fell 2-0 against Real in Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on Oct. 16.
Tickets for the match are on sale now through ticketmaster.com and FCDallas.com. For more information, visit FCDallas.com or call 888.FCD.GOAL (323.4625). Premium seating options such as the Winstar Club Loge, Field Tables, Center Circle and Club seats are also available in limited inventory. Contact the FC Dallas Front Office at (888) 323-4625. As always, drink specials in the beer garden include $2 beers and $4 margaritas and wine through halftime.
In celebration of the Texas Rangers' first World Series appearance, FC Dallas
fans are welcome to remain at the Stadium Club at Pizza Hut Park this Saturday
to watch the Rangers take on the winner of the Giants/Phillies series.
About the Western Conference Semifinal
The Western Conference Semifinal Series is contested as an aggregate goals series in which no weight is placed on away goals. Should FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake be tied in overall goals across the two games at the end of regulation of the second leg in Sandy, the squads will square off in a 30-minute mini-game (played in its entirety) to determine a winner. Should that end even, the teams will then decide advancement to the Western Conference Championship by kicks from the penalty spot.
2010 MLS Cup Playoffs Schedule
Western Conference Semifinal Series
#1 LA Galaxy v. #4 Seattle Sounders FC
#2 Real Salt Lake v. #3 FC Dallas (Sat., Oct. 30 & Sat., Nov. 6)
Eastern Conference Semifinal Series
#1 New York Red Bulls v. #4 San Jose Earthquakes
#2 Columbus Crew v. #3 Colorado Rapids
Conference Championships (one game at higher seed, plus OT and PKs if necessary):
Thursday, November 11 OR Sunday, November 14 (ESPN2)
Saturday, November 13 (Fox Soccer Channel)
MLS Cup 2010
Sunday, Nov. 21 – 6:30 p.m. MT – BMO Field – Toronto, Ontario, Canada