FC Dallas Moving on to Champions League Group Stage

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    FC Dallas is advancing to the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League for the first time in team history.

    Ugo Ihemelu scored in the 36th minute to lift FC Dallas to a 1-0 victory over El Salvador's Alianza FC in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round match Wednesday night.

    Following their 1-0 victory last Thursday in San Salvador, FC Dallas wins the two-game series by an aggregate 2-0 score, advancing to the group stage of the tournament for the first time in its history.

    Dallas will compete in Group D, beginning with a visit to Mexico City on Aug. 17 to face Pumas.

    Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, who leads the MLS with 12 shutouts this season, made two saves.

    Players on both sides seemed to be affected by the extreme heat. The temperature at game time was 107 degrees.