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FIVE THINGS: What You Need to Know Ahead of FC Dallas at Colorado Rapids

Dallas looks to stay undefeated against Colorado in 2017

I’m just going to say it: for FC Dallas the postseason is now. Dallas needs to approach every game like a playoff match.

Why? Because if FC Dallas is going to make the postseason, it needs to start racking up points. Now.

Eighth-place FC Dallas (10-9-12, 42 points) plays the tenth-place Colorado Rapids (8-18-5, 29 points) on Saturday, October 7 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO. This is the third of three MLS matches against the Rapids in 2017. The clubs played to a 0-0 draw on Saturday, August 12 at Toyota Stadium while FCD beat the Rapids 2-0 on Wednesday, September 27. Dallas also beat Colorado 3-1 in a US Open Cup match on Tuesday, June 27 at Toyota Stadium.

Here Are 5 Things You Should Know About The Match:

Where Was This One On The Original Schedule?
Saturday’s match on was originally scheduled for April 1 (no foolin’). It was moved because of FC Dallas’ participation in CONCACAF Champions League play earlier this year. This will be the second time in the last 11 days Colorado and Dallas have faced each other.

Something About Commerce City

In its last three trips to Dick’s Sporting Good Park, FC Dallas has played to a 1-1 draw against the Rapids. Colorado has won just one of their last seven home matches against FC Dallas, dating back to the 2012 season.

About That Road Run
After playing to a 0-0 draw against Orlando City last week, FC Dallas is now winless in its last six road matches. This is the longest road stretch without a win since an eight-match winless stretch on the road in 2014. The club record is 11 games, set in 2000.

Good In Goal
FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez notched five saves and earned a shutout in FC Dallas’ draw against Orlando. It was Gonzalez’s second straight shutout and his third in the last four games. The 22-year old now has nine shutouts in 2017, tied for third-most in MLS.

Missing A Few Faces

Both clubs will be missing key contributors who have been called into international duty for 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Dallas will be without Kellyn Acosta (USA) and Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) while Colorado will be without Tim Howard (USA) and Mekeil Williams (Trinidad).