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#PORvFCD: Five Facts You Need to Know

November 21, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Dallas News Release

Sixth-seed FC Dallas (9-6-7, 34 points) visits third-seed Portland Timbers (11-6-6, 39 points) in the first round of the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 9:00PM CT at Providence Park. The match, presented by AdvoCare, is the first meeting of the two teams this year.

Details You Need to Know:

Gameday Social: #PORvFCD

TV: 9:00PM on ESPN and ESPN Deportes

Streaming: 9:00PM on ESPN.com/watch and the ESPN app

Radio: 9:00PM CT on FCDallas.com/Radio (English) and 1270AM (Spanish)

Pregame Show: 8:30PM CT on FCDallas.com/Stream

5 Things to Know about #PORvFCD

Playoff Revenge

FC Dallas will be looking to avenge a past playoff loss when it takes on the Portland Timbers in the first round on Sunday. Two years ago, FCD was upset by the Timbers 2-1 in round one of the 2018 postseason at Toyota Stadium, ending Dallas' season and former head coach �"scar Pareja's hopes of lifting the MLS Cup with FC Dallas. While advancing to the second round will rightly be front and center on Sunday, the revenge subtext certainly adds to the drama of the matchup.

Defensive Records

With 15 goals conceded over 10 road games, FCD is tied for the best away defensive record of any team traveling for the first round of the playoffs. But that defensive record will be put to the test against Portland who was the second-highest scoring team in the Western Conference with 46 goals. Still, with 18 goals conceded at Providence Park, Portland also allowed the most home goals of any team hosting a first-round playoff game.

Playoff Experience

Sunday's game marks the sixth time in the last seven years that FCD will compete in the postseason. Its roster has a mixture of youth and experience with 14 players who could potentially make their FCD playoff debuts and 11 others who have competed with the team in the postseason. Dallas' most recent playoff win came in 2016 when Oscar Pareja's FC Dallas defeated the Seattle Sounders 2-0 in the second leg of the conference semifinals (but fell 4-2 on aggregate overall).

Against Portland

Dallas' all-time record against Portland is 8-7-7 (37 GF, 28 GA) and its all-time postseason record against the Timbers is 0-2-1 (4 GF, 7 GA). At Providence Park, FCD has a 1-6-3 (10 GF, 16 GA) all-time record and a 0-1-0 (1 GF, 3 GA) record when playing there in the postseason.

About Portland

Portland finished in third place in the Western Conference with a 11-6-6 record and 39 points. The Timbers also won the MLS is Back tournament in August with a 2-1 victory over Orlando City SC after finishing top of Group F with 7 points. After that tournament, however, Portland won just once in its next six games but finished the campaign strongly with seven victories and just two defeats over the second half of the regular season.


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