History between teams is rarely useful information in any sport. People used to talk about how the Colorado Avalanche had never lost a game to the Columbus Blue Jackets, but then they lost two straight to them and there went that statistic! Especially in a league as reletively new as MLS - 14 years old this year - and with such great player turnover, histories between even the oldest of franchises are hardly consequential. Regardless, we're probably going to hear the statistics between FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids former playoff meetings all week, so we might as well get it out of the way early on!
Any seasoned MLS historian - do those even exist? - knows about Colorado's dominance of Dallas in the playoffs. They have met four times before with Colorado getting the win in the series each time. 1997, 2002, 2005 and 2006 are the four years in question. This will be the first time that the two teams meet in the finals, an obvious statement considering Colorado had to defeat Dallas to get to their first and only other MLS Cup appearance and Dallas will be going to their first this season.
In 1997, Colorado defeated Dallas 1-0 and 2-1 in the home and away series, with goals from the Henderson brothers Chris and Sean during the series. That was the Western Conference Championship to give Colorado their first and until now, only trip to the MLS Cup finals where they lost against DC United.
In 2002, the MLS was still doing three game series - seems strange nowadays, especially since we're so used to aggregate mattering nowadays - and Colorado won the second and third games of the series in order to pull out a win after losing the first game 4-2 at Invesco. Strangely, this would begin a trend of Colorado being able to win at Dallas and Dallas playing very well at Invesco Field.
Both 2005 and 2006 saw the Rapids defeat FC Dallas in home and away aggregate series. Both went to penalty kicks after 3-3 aggregate draws. Pablo Mastroeni was the man who knocked home the final penalty kick in 2006, the last time that the Rapids had won a playoff series until the Columbus matchup a few weeks ago.
The history between these two teams hardly matters, but it is there and it is on Colorado's side.