As we get set for Leg Two of the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal between FC Dallas and Pachuca, here are a few things to keep in mind:
With a 2-1 lead at the midpoint of the series, FC Dallas holds a slight edge in their quest for the CCL Final. A win by any amount or a draw, and Dallas would advance outright on aggregate. If Pachuca were to win in Leg Two, that’s where the advancing scenarios get tricky.
- A 2-1 Pachuca would send the series to extra time and, if needed, penalties on a 3-3 aggregate score, with each team having one away goal.
- A 1-0 win by the home side would advance them outright, with the series tied 2-2 on aggregate and Pachuca owning the away goal tiebreaker, 1-0.
- A multi-goal win by Pachuca would give them the aggregate lead, no matter the score, and advance.
- A one-goal Pachuca win with more than 3 goals scored (i.e. 3-2, 4-3, 5-4, etc.) would see the series tied on aggregate and FCD advance on away goals (anything more than Pachuca’s one)
Third Time’s the Charm?
FC Dallas is looking to become just the third MLS team to advance to the CCL Final since the tournament re-structuring in 2008. Real Salt Lake advanced to the final series in the 2010-11 edition, but fell to Monterrey on aggregate, 3-2. Javier Morales was a member of that RSL team and scored a Leg One-tying goal on the road in Monterrey. Montreal also advanced to the Final in 2015.
Kellyn Acosta became FC Dallas’ leading CCL scorer in Leg One with his game-winning free kick, the third of the tournament for the midfielder. He also scored a brace in Leg One against Arabe Unido in late February. Michael Barrios, Atiba Harris and Ruben Luna all have two goals scored in CCL play for FCD.
Yellow card accumulation was wiped after the Quarterfinal round, but Matt Hedges, Hernan Grana and Carlos Gruezo all were shown yellow in Leg One vs. Pachuca. Should FCD advance, a yellow card for any of the three in Leg Two would see them suspended for Leg One of a potential CCL Final.
Soccer is Better With Friends
No matter the result, you’ll want to take in Tuesday’s historic match with the rest of the DTID faithful. Head on up to the British Lion Pub in Frisco (next to Toyota Stadium) for the official FC Dallas CCL Semifinal watch party. Cheer, yell and root on the guys to the Final!