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Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas - Game Preview

On Saturday, October 18th, the Colorado Rapids will play host to FC Dallas at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Kickoff is set for 1:00pm and the match will be broadcast on NBC Sports.

Oscar Pareja has led FC Dallas to their first playoff appearance since 2011
Oscar Pareja has led FC Dallas to their first playoff appearance since 2011
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rapids will face an FC Dallas side that has already qualified for the postseason on Saturday afternoon. Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja has the Texas club setting its sights on 3rd place in the Western Conference, while the reeling Rapids have not won in 12 consecutive matches.

Colorado (8-16-8) extended their winless streak after being on the wrong end of a 2-1 loss to Chivas USA on the weekend. The Los Angeles club, which will more than likely be on an extended hiatus from the league after a new owner group proposed plans to build a new stadium and rebrand, came from behind to win for the second time over the Rapids this season. John Neeskens scored his first MLS goal courtesy of a nifty pass by Charles Eloundou.

FC Dallas (15-11-6) will return to the postseason in Oscar Pareja's first year with the club. The Hoops have not been in the playoffs since 2011, and the club earned a playoff spot in impressive style after defeating LA Galaxy at Toyota Stadium 2-1 on Sunday. David Texeira and Fabian Castillo found the scoresheet as FC Dallas extended their home winning streak to seven league matches.

The Rapids will be without the services of Thomas Piermayr as the Austrian defender suffered a grade 2 MCL sprain during the loss to Chivas USA. This is also Oscar Pareja's first trip back to Colorado as head coach of FC Dallas. The Hoops were victorious over Colorado in the previous two fixtures played at Toyota Stadium this season.