Sport Pareja: Game against Seattle 'is the season' for FC Dallas

06:35  13 october  2017
06:35  13 october  2017 Source:

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Four in total. In fact, looking at Pareja 's selections in general this year, it could be argued that he's at an inflection point in his reign at FC Dallas . A run-in that feature Colorado twice, Orlando, Seattle and a dispirited LA Galaxy should not be formidable, but neither should a game against Minnesota.

Pareja 's project in Dallas at a crossroads. Major League Soccer Sep 25, 2017 Graham Parker. Despite their standing as the first-place team in the West, Dallas can't afford to punt on a game against a team that will undoubtedly There's also the matter of the club 's unbeaten home record this season .

Time is running out in Major League Soccer for teams looking to earn their place in the MLS Cup playoffs.

With just two matchdays left, the playoff spots in the Eastern Conference have all been filled, but just one side, the Vancouver Whitecaps, have earned their place in out West.

  Pareja: Game against Seattle 'is the season' for FC Dallas © Provided by

Among the group of teams still chasing a place in the playoffs is FC Dallas, which currently sits in the sixth and final playoff spot but has claimed just one win since mid July.

The club faces a tough test in its penultimate game of the season, taking on the Sounders in Seattle, and manager Oscar Pareja made it clear that he believes the team's fortune for the season is on the line.

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2008: It was a season of disappointment in Dallas , as FC Dallas , stumbled from 2014: Under new boss Oscar Pareja , FC Dallas started the year well, going 5-1-1 in their first seven games Against Supporter's Shield winning Seattle Sounders FC , the Hoops would tie them in aggregate 1-1, but lost

FC Dallas midfielder Michael Barrios (21) and Seattle Sounders defender Gustav Svensson (4) Pareja went on to say he's getting his team ready for this game in the same way he got it ready for last year's U.S. Open Cup final against New England, the first game of the season against the LA

"This one, against Seattle, is the season," he told the club's official website. "I think we're clear on that.

"We have still the other game against LA. We're taking that responsibility and absorbing that responsibility and understanding that there's not too much time left. And we have to carry that pressure and the boys are training with that message and they are training with that responsibility."

Wins against Seattle and LA would assure Dallas of a spot in the postseason, but with the San Jose Earthquakes and Real Salt Lake both just a point back of sixth, any slip up could prove costly.

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Stars goalie Ben Bishop leaves game after taking shot to the mask .
Ben Bishop was bleeding and did not return to Friday's season opener after taking a Reilly Smith shot to the cage of his mask.The shot came while the Stars were up 1-0 early in the third period in Dallas when Vegas forward Reilly Smith fired a shot on net. The puck hit Bishop right in the cage of his mask.

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