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FC Dallas moves into third place with a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids

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A Blas Perez penalty was all that FC Dallas needed to pick up three points.

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Needing some lucky breaks going into the playoffs FC Dallas picked up a 1-0 win on Saturday afternoon over the Colorado Rapids in Oscar Pareja's return to the Mile High City.

FC Dallas picked up a second half penalty kick from Blas Perez to seal the three points and to help move into third place in the Western Conference going into the final week of the season.

Neither team had many chances in the first half of this game. The Dallas defense, which picked up their sixth shutout of the season, kept the speed of the Rapids off the board early in the match.

The main chance for both sides in the first half came in the 34th minute when Vicente Sanchez made his way into the Dallas penalty box. FCD defender Zach Loyd would put in a tough tackle at the right moment to win the ball away from Sanchez, and the center official would ignore the Rapids' request for a penalty as Loyd got all ball on the play.

Dallas would make two changes to start the second half with bringing Tesho Akindele and Kellyn Acosta on. Their energy in the match help lift the Dallas attack. In the 55th minute Dallas would make a breakthrough as Colorado defender Chris Klute was whistled for a handball in the box and Perez would easily slot home his 11th goal of the season.

The Rapids would go down to 10 men in the 79th minute as defender Jared Watts would pick up his second yellow card of the match on a bad tackle on Andres Escobar.

Dallas will return home to finish out the regular season next weekend as they host the Portland Timbers.