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#SEAvFCD: Five Facts You Need to Know

November 30, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - FC Dallas News Release


Sixth-seed FC Dallas (9-6-7, 34 points) visits second-seed Seattle Sounders (11-5-6, 39 points) in the Western Conference Semifinals on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 8:30PM CT at Lumen Field. The match, presented by AdvoCare, is the first meeting of the two teams this year. Click here for an updated MLS playoff bracket.

Details You Need to Know:

Gameday Social: #SEAvFCD

TV: 8:30PM on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes

Streaming: 8:30PM on FOX Sports GO app and at FOXSportsGO.com.

Radio: 8:00PM CT on FCDallas.com/Radio (English) and TUDN 1270AM (Spanish)

Pregame Show: 8:00PM CT on FCDallas.com/Stream

Pregame Sound Bites Available HERE

5 Things to Know about #SEAvFCD

Playoff Rematch

For the second season in a row, FC Dallas will travel to face the Seattle Sounders in the MLS Cup Playoffs at Lumen Field (formerly CenturyLink Field). Last year, Dallas and Seattle met in the first round resulting in one of the most exciting matches of the 2019 postseason. Although FCD came back from 2-0 down to force extra time, the Sounders proved to be too much, eventually winning 4-3 and going on to win the club's second MLS Cup. Still, Dallas' spirited performance was an exciting glimpse of the young squad's potential. Now, with a conference semifinal on the cards, Dallas has a chance to avenge last year's narrow defeat.

Jimmy "The Wall" Maurer

Goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer enjoyed a standout performance in FCD's shootout win over the Portland Timbers in the previous round of the playoffs. In addition to making the game-winning penalty stop, the 32-year-old made seven saves over the 120 minutes which tied him for third-most saves in franchise history during a playoff game. The performance capped off a career-year for Maurer which saw him finish the regular season ranked first in MLS in Goals Against Average (GAA) and third overall in save percentage (although first among starting keepers).

Penalty Clinic

Last round against Portland, FC Dallas became the first team in MLS Cup Playoffs history to convert eight attempts during a penalty kick shootout; the previous record was 7, set twice (KC, 2013 MLS Cup; POR, 2015 Knockout Round). Reto Ziegler, Franco Jara, Bressan, Ricardo Pepi, Ryan Hollingshead, Matt Hedges, Tanner Tessmann and Ema Twumasi were the eight players to convert. Jimmy Maurer saved the final attempt during the post-match penalty shootout, coming in his first career appearance in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Against Seattle

Dallas' all-time record against Seattle is 7-12-7 (28 GF, 42 GA) and its all-time postseason record against the Sounders is 2-3-2 (9 GF, 12 GA). At Lumen Field, FCD has a 1-9-2 (8 GF, 29 GA) all-time record and a 0-2-1 (4 GF, 9 GA) record when playing there in the postseason. The teams are meeting for the fifth time overall in the postseason, and for a second consecutive year. The clubs faced each other in three consecutive seasons from 2014-16. Sounders FC advanced on two of the three occasions, in 2014 and 2016, with FCD going through after penalty kicks in 2015.

About Seattle

Defending champions Seattle finished in second place in the Western Conference with 39 points and a 11-5-6 record. The Sounders finished the regular season with just one loss in its final six outings before defeating Los Angeles FC 3-1 in the first round of the postseason thanks to goals from Raúl Ruidíaz, Jordan Morris and Nico Lodeiro. Seattle was also the third-highest scoring team and registered the best defensive record in the Western Conference during the regular season.


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