FC Dallas will have to overcome one of their biggest goal deficits in playoff history on Sunday, having lost the opening leg 3-0 at Seattle. Dallas are no strangers to this kind of scenario, having been down 2-1 after the first leg against, yup, Seattle last year in the playoffs too. The rest is history with Tesho Akindele and Walker Zimmerman delivering the goods to one of the most epic playoff games at Toyota Stadium.
History is not kind to teams down 3-0 after the first leg of the playoffs. In fact, only one team in MLS history has crawled themselves out of a 3-0 hole (San Jose vs LA Galaxy in 2003). It’s already been a double-winning historic season for FC Dallas, taking home the Open Cup and Supporter’s Shield, but it would be fitting though wouldn’t it for Dallas to make history again as they fight to be the first side to win a domestic treble.
Here are some numbers as we prep for Sunday’s showdown*.
*Stats just include regular season play and do not count Open Cup or CCL numbers.
4 - Dallas will need to score four goals, without conceding any, to advance in the playoffs.
1 - Dallas has the 4-0 scoreline at home once this season (July 54, 2016 vs Orlando City)
1 - Seattle has given up 4 goals once this season on the road (2-4 loss to Portland on Aug 27).
0 - Seattle have not lost by a four goal margin once this season.
1.82 - The Sounders have averaged conceding 1.82 goals per game on the road. (League average is 1.66)
10 - Seattle is most vulnerable on the road during minutes 16-30, having given up 10 goals during that 15 minute window.
20 - Dallas is strongest in the second half, where they’ve outscored opponents 20-7 at home.