FC Dallas to face Real Salt Lake in MLS playoffs

The MLS playoff brackets are set, and in the opening round FC Dallas will face perhaps the toughest and hottest in team in the league: defending MLS Cup Champion Real Salt Lake. FCD will open the playoffs at home this Saturday, Oct 30th, at at 4 p.m. Central Time at Pizza Hut Park. The game will be broadcast live nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.

The return match with be November 6th at Real Salt Lake.

With former Dallas Burn star Jason Kreis at the helm for RSL, there are plenty of connections between these two club. FC Dallas split its regular season series with Real Salt Lake, winning 2-0 at Pizza Hut Park on July 17. Dallas fell 2-0 against Real in Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on Oct. 16.

FC Dallas has also invited all fans to stay and watch the Texas Rangers in game three of the World Series in the Stadium Club at Pizza Hut Park which start at 6 PM CT following the FC Dallas match.

FC Dallas will host a pre-playoff rally at Mockingbird Station Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.

2010 MLS Cup Playoffs Schedule

Western Conference Semifinal Series

#1 LA Galaxy v. #4 Seattle Sounders FC

#2 Real Salt Lake v. #3 FC Dallas (Sat., Oct. 30 & Sat., Nov. 6)

Eastern Conference Semifinal Series

#1 New York Red Bulls v. #4 San Jose Earthquakes

#2 Columbus Crew v. #3 Colorado Rapids

Conference Championships

Thursday, November 11 OR Sunday, November 14 (ESPN2)

Saturday, November 13 (Fox Soccer Channel)

MLS Cup 2010

Sunday, Nov. 21 – 6:30 p.m. MT – BMO Field – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

About the Western Conference Semifinal

The Western Conference Semifinal Series is contested as an aggregate goals series in which no weight is placed on away goals. Should FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake be tied in overall goals across the two games at the end of regulation of the second leg in Sandy, the squads will square off in a 30-minute mini-game (played in its entirety) to determine a winner. Should that end even, the teams will then decide advancement to the Western Conference Championship by kicks from the penalty spot.