Colorado and Dallas finished equal on points in 2002 and were matched up in the first round of the
playoffs. Dallas, by virtue of their 2-1-1 record against the Rapids in the regular season, had
home field advantage in the 3 game series. Game 1 at the Cotton Bowl did not go well for Colorado.
Carlos 'El Pibe' Valderrama scored after 2 minutes but the game was all Dallas after that.