Ten Things To Know: FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids - Take 2

Monday, September 14, 2020

Our Rapids play-by-play announcer, Richard Fleming, is renowned for being detailed in his preparation when calling MLS games, and he is offering us a little insight into some of his pregame notes.

Find below, some things you may find useful ahead of this Wednesday's game at FC Dallas. We have coverage on Altitude and AltitudeNOW from 6.00pm.

  1. FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids meet for the 75th time in the regular season. Their first meeting was the home opener for the Rapids in the inaugural season, on April 21, 1996, when facing the then-named Dallas Burn.
  2. These two MLS originals have also met 10 times in the postseason, including the 2010 MLS Cup, which the Rapids won 2-1 after extra-time.
  3. Rapids midfielder, Kellyn Acosta, came through the FC Dallas Academy and went on to make 117 appearances for their first team, from 2013-2018. He has been with the Rapids since July 2018.
  4. Drew Moor was drafted by his hometown team in 2005, going on to make 123 regular season appearances for Dallas, before arriving in Colorado toward the tail-end of the 2009 campaign.
  5. The original date for this game was August 26. The match was postponed as both teams joined athletes across other sports in taking a stand against social injustice.
  6. Since the previous scheduled meeting, FC Dallas has lost two players to new clubs. Reggie Cannon is now at Portuguese side Boavista, while forward Zdeněk Ondrášek has returned to his homeland to join FC Viktoria Plzeň in the Czech First Division.
  7. The Rapids went a league record 18 games without success between July 30, 2014 and April 4, 2015, before a visit to Toyota Stadium. They demolished Dallas 4-0, with goals from Badji, Powers, Torres, and Serna. Acosta was an unused substitute for Dallas.
  8. Dallas head coach, Luchi Gonzalez, played for San Jose Earthquakes and the Colorado Rapids in MLS. His Rapids debut came on April 9, 2005 in a 0-0 home draw with Dallas.
  9. Gonzalez’s second of only two MLS goals came for the Rapids on June 25, 2005 in a 3-1 home loss to a Dallas side containing rookie Drew Moor.
  10. Drew Moor is the only remaining player from the Rapids’ 2010 MLS Cup win still with the club. The Dallas squad from 2010 are represented today by Jesus Ferreira, the son of David Ferreira, who scored the opening goal of that year’s MLS Cup.