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Playoff scenarios and potential schedules for FC Dallas

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It is fairly simple going into the final week for FC Dallas.

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The theme continues to be the same for FC Dallas, win your next game and everything else takes care of itself.

Going into the final week of the regular season there is still a ton to be played for. FCD has a shot at third place and can do so with a number of potential scenarios that the club and the league were kind enough to provide.

FC Dallas will finish third in the Western Conference if:

-Real Salt Lake loses or draws against Chivas USA on Wednesday night

OR

-FC Dallas defeats Portland Timbers FC on Saturday night

If FC Dallas finishes third, our Western Conference semifinal playoff schedule will be:

WC Semifinal 1st leg - LA Galaxy/Seattle Sounders FC at FC Dallas - Saturday, November 1 or Sunday, November 2 Toyota Stadium

WC Semifinal 2nd leg - FC Dallas at LA Galaxy - 8:00PM - Sunday, November 9 StubHub Center

OR

2nd leg - FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders FC - 9:30PM Monday, November 10 CenturyLink Field

FC Dallas will finish fourth in the Western Conference if:

-Real Salt Lake defeats Chivas USA on Wednesday night

AND

-FC Dallas draws or loses to Portland Timbers FC on Saturday night

If FC Dallas finishes fourth, our Western Conference playoff schedule will be:

Wild Card Round - Vancouver Whitecaps/Portland Timbers at FC Dallas - 7:30PM Wednesday, October 29 Toyota Stadium

If FCD wins the Wild Card Round, our WC Semifinal schedule would be:

WC Semifinal 1st leg - LA Galaxy/Seattle Sounders FC at FC Dallas - Saturday, November 1 or Sunday, November 2nd

WC Semifinal 2nd leg - FC Dallas at LA Galaxy - 8:00PM - Sunday, November 9 Toyota Stadium

OR

WC Semifinal 2nd leg - FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders FC - 9:30PM Monday, November 10 CenturyLink Field

Get all of that? A win on Saturday (or a RSL draw or loss tomorrow night) is the difference between playing twice next week or just on Saturday. I'll take going to Frisco on Saturday over having to make the trip twice anytime.