FC Dallas in MLS Division Finals

Oscar Pareja’s team, FC Dallas will compete for the Western Division title against the Portland Timbers. The format is a home-home series with the first game at Portland this weekend, Sunday November 22 at 6:30 pm, CST (Fox Sports 1). The teams will then come to Frisco’s Toyota Stadium for the second game on Sunday, November 29, time TBA.

Finishing first in the Western Division during the regular season, Dallas tied for MLS best regular season record with New York Red Bulls with an 18 – 10 – 6 record. The regular season trophy, the Supporter’s Shield, went to New York on tie breaker of goal differential.

2015 Audi MLS Cup playoffs

Now in the MLS Cup playoffs, Dallas has top seed in the west. They were matched against Seattle for the quarterfinals. In Seattle, Dallas was initially winning 1-0 but conceded 2 goals late in the game to come home with a first leg loss off 1 – 2. The second game of the series in Dallas was a must win game. Because of the rules that an away goal counts more than a home goal for tie-breaking, Dallas could hope to win the series with a 1 – 0 win at home; so that the aggregate would be 2 – 2, winning because of the goal away at Seattle.

The game at home was electric, the crowd was on it’s feet most of the time. Dallas dominated the action with multiple strikes against Seattle that were either saved by the goalie or by hitting the posts. Emotions were high, however there were no goals through late in the game. Then Coach Pareja made substitutions in the 83rd minute of Tesho AkindeleWalker Zimmerman and Blas Perez. Within minutes, Dallas finally scored. The crowd of 17,287 went wild!  But in the final minute of regulat