FC Dallas Eliminates Champs from Playoffs
CARSON, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R, Back to Front Row) Jeff Cunningham #9, Atiba Harris #16, goalkeeper Dario Sala #44, George John #14, Dave van den Bergh #7, Ugo Ihemelu #3, Pablo Ricchetti #6, Marvin Chavez #17, David Ferreira #10, Dax McCarty #13 and Jair Benitez #5 of FC Dallas pose for a team photo prior to the MLS match against the Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center on September 12, 2009 in Carson, California. FC Dallas defeated the Galaxy 6-3. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Dax McCarty scored in the 13th minute and FC Dallas hung on for a 1-1 tie to eliminate defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake from the playoffs on Saturday night.
Dallas outscored Real Salt Lake 3-2 in the two-game aggregate-goal series. Substitute Robbie Findley scored in the 79th minute for Real Salt Lake. Five minutes earlier, Findley put a point-blank header off the crossbar.
Dallas will play Los Angeles or Seattle in the Western Conference finals.
David Ferreira laid a long pass ahead to Brek Shea, who started for the first time since Sept. 15. Shea chested the bouncing ball to McCarty, who beat keeper Nick Rimando.
Real Salt Lake played without Javier Morales, who received a second yellow card in the second half of the first game.
FC Dallas played without Atiba Harris, sent off late in the first match.
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