FC Dallas (12-3-14, 50 pts) fell for the first time in 20 games Saturday night at Real Salt Lake, but not before equaling the all-time MLS record for an unbeaten streak (19 games). Heading into the final week of the MLS regular season, FC Dallas could play either Real Salt Lake (15-4-10, 55 pts) or the Los Angeles Galaxy (17-7-5, 56 pts) in the first round of playoffs.
An FC Dallas win this Sunday in Los Angeles (7 p.m. Central Time on FSSW) combined with a Real Salt Lake victory against Colorado, would give the Supporters’ Shield and the number one seed in the Western Conference to RSL. Those results would set up a home-and-away series between the Galaxy and FC Dallas in the first round of playoffs. Should FC Dallas fall to Los Angeles, a playoff match with the Galaxy could still be in the cards should Seattle pick up three points in Houston on Saturday.
If Salt Lake and Los Angeles finish the regular season tied in points (56), RSL would win the Supporters’ Shield based on goal differential. Los Angeles currently has a goal differential of 17. RSL is plus 25.
*Complete schedule for the week:
|Mon., Oct. 18||Training||10-12:30 p.m.||Field 6|
|Tues., Oct. 19||Off||-----||-----|
|Weds., Oct. 20||Training||10-12:30 p.m.||Field 4|
|Thurs., Oct. 21||Training||10-12:30 p.m.||Field 8|
|Fri., Oct. 22||Training/Travel to Los Angeles||8:30-10 a.m.||Field 7|
|Sat., Oct. 23||Training in Los Angeles||11-1 p.m. PT||Home Depot Center|
|Sun., Oct. 24||Game at LA Galaxy||7 p.m. CT||Home Depot Center|
*All practices are open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Notable this week:
The loss stops FC Dallas’ MLS record 12-game road undefeated streak as well as the side’s MLS-record-tying overall 19-game undefeated run. FC Dallas now stands at 12-3-14 (50 pts) heading into the final week of the regular season, while Real Salt Lake is 15-4-10 (55 pts).
FC Dallas defender Heath Pearce drew a yellow card in the 88th minute for a late tackle. He will now miss next Sunday’s game vs. L.A. Galaxy at the Home Depot Center due to yellow card accumulation.
Saturday’s game marked the return of defender Ugo Ihemelu, who has been out since suffering a concussion on Aug. 8 against Philadelphia. Team captain Daniel Hernandez also returned for the first time since Sept. 16 when he was sidelined with a hamstring strain during the side’s 2-2 draw with Red Bull New York.