FRISCO - FC Dallas finished the season with a franchise record 13 wins at home, a franchise record and MLS joint-best 60 points accrued in the regular season and a franchise record-tying 13 shutouts in 2015.
And yet, much of the narrative has positioned FC Dallas as the underdog heading into their series against the Sounders. That wasn’t tamped down at all with FCD relinquishing a 1-0 lead to take a 2-1 deficit back to Toyota Stadium, but don’t think for a second their confidence is shaken.
“We’re feeling fine,” said FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges. “1-1 would’ve been better, but at 2-1 we still have to come here and win which we would’ve been planning on doing anyways so that result is fine. We’re ready to come back here and do the business.”
The underdog talk for an FCD team that is 11-1-1 at home since April? Well Ryan Hollingshead called it "frustrating" but knows that the only way to squash it is to take care of business in the return leg on Sunday at Toyota Stadium.
“It fuels the fire for sure, but ultimately it comes down to how we perform,” said Ryan Hollingshead. “Because if we don’t then that means they’re right."
FC Dallas needs a 1-0 or multi-goal win or a 2-1 win plus victory in extra time to advance to their first Western Conference Final since 2010. FCD comes into the match on a five-match winning streak at Toyota Stadium in which they have outscored their opponents 12-3, and a win over a Sounders team that hasn’t lost since August certainly would silence many of the doubters.
“We don’t think we’re the underdog. We we’re first place in the Western Conference, we’re not the underdog,” said Hedges. “We’re coming home and we’re going to play our game and do what we do. We were first place for a reason this year.”