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FC Dallas: Sunday Shuffle (10/26/14)

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Here are your FC Dallas quick hits for Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014:

LOOKING AT THE LAST 10 FOR THE WHITECAPS AND FCD

Here's a quick look at how both the Vancouver Whitecaps and FCD have fared over their last 10 games:

Vancouver FC Dallas
Record in Last 10 5-3-2 5-5-0
Home/Road Breakdown 4-0-1/1-3-1 4-1-0/1-4-0
Goal Differential +2 (9-7) +1 (13-12)
Wins over Playoff Teams 3 (FCD, RSL, SEA) 4 (RSL, SEA, LA, VAN)
Clean Sheets in Last 10 6 1

PAREJA DISCUSSES RATIONALE ON STARTING ACOSTA OVER HERNANDEZ VS.

Opening Nightmare: Sidekicks Set Record in Opening Night Loss to Missouri, 13-4

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Opening Night is supposed be about hope, about dreaming of winning a championship when the season is over. Having your first game of the season broadcast world-wide on the ESPN 3 Internet service also could be promotional dream come true.

For the Dallas Sidekicks, the honor of hosting the first game of the Major Arena Soccer League season turned into a nightmare affair as the Missouri Comets jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half and never looked back, beating Dallas 13-4 in front of 4,008 fans at the Allen Event Center.

FC Dallas: Saturday Showcase Showdown (Oct. 25, 2014)

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Here are some FC Dallas quick hits for the final gameday of the 2014 MLS regular season, Oct. 25, 2014:

TIMBERS IN RATHER ELITE COMPANY

Portland not only has a solid road record at 6-6-4, but the Timbers are also in somewhat elite company as one of just three teams in MLS who have a positive road goal differential.

While regular seasons have been a blast, playoff success has proven elusive for Dallas Sidekicks

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Dallas Sidekicks coach Tatu (Staff Photo)

By STEVE HUNT / Special Contributor

ALLEN — In their first two seasons back after a hiatus, the Dallas Sidekicks have gone 13-3 and 14-2 during the regular season and have been a perfect 16-0 at Allen Event Center.

But the playoffs have been a different story.

Dynamic midfielder Mauro Diaz ready to return for FC Dallas

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FC Dallas midfielder Mauro Diaz (right) (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

STEVE HUNT / Special Contributor

FRISCO Earlier this year, Mauro Diaz was kind of a big deal. The 23-year-old Argentine attacking midfielder was a big reason why FC Dallas got off to a 5-0-3 start. In March, Diaz was named MLS Player of the Month after contributing two goals and one assist in four games.

FC Dallas Friday Flipside – Oct 24, 2014

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Here are a few FC Dallas quick hits for Friday, Oct. 24, 2014:

ULLOA JOINS THE POLAR BEAR CLUB

The emergence of young holding midfielder Victor Ulloa has been one of the best and most inspiring stories to come from this year's FCD team. And Ulloa admitted after training yesterday that he has done one thing to tweak his off-field routine this year.

Cookouts have helped playoff-bound FC Dallas build needed chemistry

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FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo (center) visits with academy coach Victor Medina (blue shorts) and head coach Oscar Pareja (left) during a cookout for players coaches and staff recently. (Tom Fox / Staff Photo)

By MEGAN RYAN / Staff Writer

FRISCO — Bustling crowds and the smell of grilling food are familiar on Toyota Stadium's concourse during FC Dallas games.

FC Dallas: Thursday Trifecta (10/22/14)

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After taking Wednesday off for a maintenance day to use a hockey term, here are your FCD quick hits for Thursday, Oct. 22, 2014:

PAREJA SEES SIMILARITIES IN '99 AND 2014 TEAMS

Should FCD beat the Portland Timbers on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium, that victory would hold double meaning.

Briefs: Playoff Experience not trivial for FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja

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COMMERCE CITY, CO - OCTOBER 18: Head coach Oscar Pareja leads FC Dallas against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on October 18, 2014 in Commerce City, Colorado. FC Dallas defeated the Rapids 1-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

FRISCO —Oscar Pareja knows a great deal about every member of his roster.

FC Dallas Tuesday Twigs

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Here are some FC Dallas quick hits for Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014:

A FEW FACTOIDS FROM FCD'S LAST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE

Most Dallas fans would rather forget FCD's last appearance in the playoffs ever happened, a 2-0 blanking at the hands of the New York Red Bulls in the 2011 wild card round and rightfully so.

FC Dallas Monday Madness (10/20/14)

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Here are some FCD quick hits for Monday, Oct. 20, 2014:

DIAZ BEFORE AND AFTER

With dynamic central attacking midfielder Mauro Diaz set to return to the field this weekend against the Portland Timbers, why not look at some Diaz-related numbers, specifically how many goals FCD has scored with him on the field before and after his knee injury.

FC Dallas Sunday Sensibilities (10/19/14)

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Here are a few FCD quick hits for Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014:

BLAS REELS IN A FISH

Blas Perez's penalty kick goal in the second half of Saturday's 1-0 win at the Colorado Rapids gives the Panamanian striker 31 for his FCD tenure, which ties him with Carlos "El Pescadito" Ruiz for fourth-most in franchise history.

Blas Perez scores to lead FC Dallas past Colorado, 1-0

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Blas Perez scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season to help FC Dallas beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Saturday.

Dallas (16-11-6) moved past Real Salt Lake into third place in the Western Conference with its first road victory since Aug. 16 at San Jose. Real Salt Lake tied Portland 0-0 on Friday night.

FC Dallas gameday notes

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Here are your FCD quick hits for Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, which is of course a gameday edition:

FCD AT DSG

When FCD hits the field at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday afternoon to face the Colorado Rapids, it will mark the 10th time Dallas has played at the Commerce City facility.

Playoffs assured, FC Dallas’ Pareja now looking for better road performance

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By STEVE HUNT / Special Contributor

FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja has checked off the most important item on this season's to-do list. His team last Sunday clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2011.

But FCD has yet to show that it can win with regularity on the road.