FRISCO, Texas (Oct. 25, 2010) –FC Dallas (12-4-14, 3rd in the Western Conference) returns to the training grounds this week in preparation of its playoff match Saturday against defending MLS Cup Champions Real Salt Lake (15-4-11, 2nd in the Western Conference).
Scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. Central Time on Fox Soccer Channel (FSC), the match, which is presented by Cash America, represents the first leg of the home-and-away series between two clubs that have combined for the two longest unbeaten stretches in MLS this season. FC Dallas equaled the all-time MLS record for an unbeaten streak (19 games) before running into Salt Lake on Oct. 9. Alternatively, Salt Lake had a 10-game unbeaten stretch cancelled by FC Dallas on Aug. 8 of this year. Real Salt Lake has not lost since falling to FC Dallas 2-0 at Pizza Hut Park, a stretch of 14 games.
FC Dallas will train Tuesday from 10-11:30 a.m. Central Time. The team will not train on Wednesday, but will return to the adidas Field for training on Thursday at 10 a.m. The team will train at the same time on Fri., Oct. 29 on the Stadium Field before taking on Real Salt Lake Saturday.
The game will air live on FSC, MLS Direct Kick and ESPN Deportes 1540 AM.
*Complete schedule for the week:
|Tues., Oct. 26||Training||10-11:30 a.m.||adidas Field|
|Weds., Oct. 27||Off||-----||-----|
|Thurs., Oct. 28||Training||10-11:30 a.m.||adidas Field|
|Fri., Oct. 29||Training||10-11:30 a.m.||Stadium Field|
|Sat., Oct. 30||Match vs. Real Salt Lake||4 p.m. kickoff||Pizza Hut Park|
*All practices are open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Notable this week:
FC Dallas wrapped up the 2010 regular season with a 12-4-14 mark and 50 points. The Dallas side’s four losses on the year ties the MLS mark for fewest losses in a single season.
Dallas’ loss at L.A. coupled with last weekend’s loss at Real Salt Lake marks the first time all season FC Dallas has lost in back-to-back matches.
FC Dallas is the No. 3 seed in the West and will face defending MLS Champion Real Salt Lake in the first round of the 2010 MLS Playoffs, presented by Cash America. The two teams are set to meet Saturday, Oct. 30 at Pizza Hut Park with a 4 p.m. kickoff. Game two of the series will be played at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake on Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. CT.
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 Utah, 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.