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FCD, Colorado tangle at DSG Park in battle of playoff hopefuls

Commerce City, CO (Sports Network) - FC Dallas will attempt to vault itself into a playoff position on Saturday with a win over the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Dallas enters the weekend two points adrift of Colorado in the race for a postseason berth, but in order to jump over the Rapids with three points on Saturday the team must find a way to improve its form away from home.

Schellas Hyndman's team has earned seven points from its last three games, and the club won its last away match, 3-1 at Chivas USA.

However, the victory over Chivas was just the team's second in 13 away contests, something that must improve down the stretch if FCD is going to book a place in the postseason.

Dallas is coming off of a 3-1 win over Vancouver last weekend as the club went behind after just four minutes, but rallied to score twice in the final five minutes to claim all three points.

The win not only moved Dallas three points clear of the Whitecaps, but Hyndman is hoping it is the kind of result that can spark something even bigger.

"This was a game, tonight's game, that is so very important for the team," Hyndman said after the match. "It's not just the three points, it's the confidence that the players have right now, the feel-good attitude and the belief that they have in each other.

"These are the types of game that, if you look at your season and say, 'Where did it turn?' you might say this was the game. We hope that that is the case."

The Rapids will be hoping to halt that momentum with their third win in four games on Saturday, which would also strengthen the team's hold on a playoff spot.

Colorado's 1-0 win over Los Angeles last weekend kept the team's own positive momentum going as the Rapids have lost just once in their last 11 contests.

Lately it has been the play of Edson Buddle that has been a big difference as the former Galaxy forward scored the lone goal in the win against his old side, giving him a goal in each of his last three games.

And with things as tight as they are in the Western Conference, Buddle knows how important it is to take advantage of games at home.

"It's good to be at home because of the altitude," Buddle said following the win over the Galaxy. "Right now, like I said, all these games, because the standings are so tight that every point counts, we just want to capitalize on being home. They [FC Dallas] are not an easy team. I think we were up 2-0, last time we played them, and they were able to get an equalizer so we have to build on this game. We will enjoy this win and get better during the week."

09/13 16:07:41 ET

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Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
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SFG 2
LOS 1
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PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
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WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
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HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
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NOR