FRISCO, Texas - The 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs are finally here and FC Dallas travels to face the Portland Timbers in Round One at Providence Park on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 9PM CT. Here are five stats to look out for ahead of the matchup:
FCD's Away Defense
FC Dallas' defense was crucial to its regular season success, finishing with the second-best defensive record in the Western Conference. But more importantly, FCD is tied for the best away defensive record of any team traveling for the first round of the playoffs with 15 goals conceded over 10 road games.
POR's Home Defense
Portland was the second-highest scoring Western Conference team over the regular season with 46 goals, just one short of LAFC's conference-high 47. However, the Timbers' weren't as solid at the other end of the field. With 18 goals conceded at Providence Park this season, Portland has the worst home defensive record of any team hosting a first-round playoff game.
Dallas has a good mixture of youth and experience in its roster. There are 14 players who could potentially make their FCD playoff debuts on Sunday and 11 others who have played in the playoffs before with Dallas. Fafa Picault is the only FCD player who has prior MLS playoff experience with a different team (Philadelphia Union).
Defender Bryan Reynolds played the complete game (full 90 minutes) 13 times over the regular season. If he plays the complete game against Portland on Sunday, Reynolds would become the youngest player (at 19 years, 147 days old) to play a complete playoff game for FC Dallas. He would break Ramón Nuñez's record (set on Oct. 22, 2005) when he played the entire game against the Colorado Rapids at 19 years and 342 days old.
Two players, Ricardo Pepi and Dante Sealy, have a chance to break an FC Dallas postseason record that was set before either was even born. Eddie Johnson holds the record as FCD's youngest-ever player to appear in a playoff game at 18 years and 178 days hold, which he did when he played against the Colorado Rapids on Sept. 25, 2002. Pepi (born on Jan. 9, 2003) and Sealy (born on April 17, 2003) would break Johnson's record if either start or make a sub appearance against Portland on Sunday.