RSL Draws FC Dallas in Western Conference Semifinal Series

Champs to begin title defense Saturday at Pizza Hut Park

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After Earning West’s #2 Seed, RSL to
Begin Defense of Its MLS Cup Crown against High-Powered “Hoops;”

Next Saturday’s
3:00 p.m. MT Kickoff at Pizza Hut Park to be Televised Live Nationally on Fox
Soccer Channel;

Defending Champs
to Host Second Leg at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday, November 6 at 8:00 p.m. MT


SANDY, Utah (Sunday, October 24, 2010)
– After seeing its hopes for a first-ever Supporters Shield and the Western
Conference’s top seed fall short after tonight’s LA Galaxy win over FC Dallas, Real
Salt Lake (West #2)
has learned it will begin the defense of its MLS Cup
next weekend in a Western Conference Semifinal Series against FC
Dallas (West #3)
. The home-and-away series is set to begin on Saturday,
October 30, at 3:00 p.m. MT
, when the “Hoops” will host Real Salt Lake for Leg
One at
Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, the match being televised
nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.

One week later on Saturday, November 6, Real Salt
Lake will return home to its fortress of Rio Tinto Stadium for Leg
of the Western Conference Semifinal Series, with the contest set for a
primetime kickoff at 8:00 p.m. MT, also on Fox Soccer Channel.
Fans can purchase their tickets for the decisive Leg 2 contest via the “Reign
of RSL” Playoff Pack
, available online at or, over the
phone at 801-727-2700, or in person at the Rio Tinto Stadium Box
, Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

The Western Conference Semifinal Series is contested as
an aggregate goals series in which no weight is placed on away goals,
which means should Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas be tied in overall goals across
the two games at the end of regulation of Leg 2 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.

Real Salt Lake has racked up an impressive 3-0-1
record across its two previous Conference Semifinal Series appearances
defeating Chivas USA 3-2 on aggregate in its playoff debut in 2008 (1-0 W @
RSL, 2-2 T @ CHV) and knocking out defending champion Columbus Crew last year
by a 4-2 margin (1-0 W @ RSL, 3-2 W @ CLB) en route to the Utah side’s first
MLS Cup title. Real Salt Lake is 3-1-3 all-time in playoff contests,
making back-to-back Conference Championship appearances the last two seasons
after failing to qualify for MLS’ postseason during its first three years in
the League.

Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas enter the MLS postseason as
two of the League’s hottest teams not only this season, but in the League’s
15-year history, the sides recently becoming the only two teams in MLS
annals to endure a 25-game stretch with just one defeat
. It was Real Salt
Lake ending FC Dallas’ League-record-tying 19-game undefeated streak and MLS
record 12-game road unbeaten streak just over a week ago at Rio Tinto Stadium
on Oct. 16, the Utah
side’s 2-0 win
also extending RSL’s own League-record home undefeated run to 25 games.
That result evened the season series at one win apiece, as FC Dallas’ own 2-0
victory over RSL

at Pizza Hut Park on July 17 has stood as the only blemish on RSL’s League
slate in its last 25 games (14-1-10). Real Salt Lake will be looking to
vanquish some demons in “Big D,” as the Claret-and-Cobalt have yet to take a
point from eight contests at FC Dallas in regular season play since joining MLS
in 2005, the last seven of those coming at Pizza Hut Park.


Western Conference Semifinal Series – #2 Real
Salt Lake (15-4-11, 56 pts.) v. #3 FC Dallas (12-4-14, 50 pts.)

Leg 1:
FC Dallas v. Real Salt Lake – Saturday, October 30 – 3:00 p.m. MT kickoff –
Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas – Fox Soccer Channel

Leg 2:
Real Salt Lake v. FC Dallas – Saturday, November 6 – 8:00 p.m. MT kickoff – Rio
Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah – Fox Soccer Channel


2010 MLS Cup Playoffs Schedule


Western Conference Semifinal Series

  • #1 LA Galaxy v. #4 Seattle Sounders FC (Sun., Oct. 31
    & Sun, Nov. 7)
  • #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 (Sat.,
    Oct. 30 & Thurs., Nov. 4)
  • #2 Columbus Crew v. #3 Colorado Rapids (Thursday, Oct.
    28 & Sat., Nov. 6)

Championships (one game at higher seed, plus OT and PKs if necessary):

  • Thursday,
    November 11 OR Sunday, November 14 (ESPN2)
  • Saturday,
    November 13 (Fox Soccer Channel)

Cup 2010

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


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