After claiming a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinal, FC Dallas returns to the training pitch this week in preparation for Saturday’s second leg at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Saturday’s 2-1 win at Pizza Hut Park gives FC Dallas a one-goal advantage heading into the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinal, which will be played at Real Salt Lake’s Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. Central Time. Should FC Dallas tie or win at Salt Lake, the Dallas side would advance to the Western Conference Final. Real Salt Lake has never won a match at Pizza Hut Park, but is undefeated in their last 25 games at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Real Salt Lake’s Javier Morales was issued a red card in the 69th minute of Saturday’s game after earning his second caution of the match for a high kick on Dax McCarty. Just six minutes later, FC Dallas midfielder Atiba Harris was sent off for a reckless challenge. Both players will serve a one-game suspension and are unavailable for the second leg of the series.
*Complete schedule for the week:
|Monday, Nov. 1||Training (recovery)||10-11:30 AM||adidas Field|
|Tuesday, Nov. 2||Off||-----||-----|
|Wednesday, Nov. 3||Training||10-11:30 AM||adidas Field|
|Thursday, Nov. 4|
Fly to Salt Lake City
|10-11:30 AM||adidas Field|
|Friday, Nov. 5||Training||TBD||Rio Tinto Stadium|
|Saturday, Nov. 6||Game at Real Salt Lake||9 PM CT||Rio Tinto Stadium|
*All practices are open to the public unless otherwise noted.
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 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.