FCD teams with Pizza Hut to collect canned goods for North Texas Food Bank

FRISCO, Texas (Oct. 29, 2010) – The first 250 fans who bring a canned item to the Pizza Hut Park Box Office this Saturday for the North Texas Food Bank will receive one free ticket to the FC Dallas playoff game versus Real Salt Lake set to kick off at 4 p.m., presented by Cash America and airing live on Fox Soccer Channel.

Anyone who donates a canned good once the 250 free tickets are gone can purchase a discounted ticket to the game with no limit on the number purchased ($10 endline, $15 sideline east or $25 sideline west tickets). The ticket promotion is part of a joint effort between Pizza Hut and FC Dallas to help the North Texas Food Bank in advance of the holiday season.

FC Dallas faces the reigning MLS Cup Champions Real Salt Lake in the Oct. 30, 4 p.m. tilt at Pizza Hut Park. The match is the first leg of the team’s home-and-away Western Conference Semifinal. Immediately following the game, Pizza Hut Park will play host to a Texas Rangers’ World Series Watch Party as all eyes turn to the other hometown team vying for a championship when the Rangers face the San Francisco Giants.

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. Dallas midfielder David Ferreira has turned in an MVP-worthy campaign in 2010, while head coach Schellas Hyndman is a leading Coach of the Year candidate. Despite being sidelined with a knee injury during the season’s final weeks, goalkeeper Kevin Hartman set the MLS record for single-season Goals Against Average with a stingy 0.62 mark on the year.

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.

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