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Frisco, Texas (October 17, 2022) – FC Dallas punched its ticket to the Western Conference Semifinals by taking down Minnesota United FC 5-4 in penalty kicks after ending 1-1 in regulation on a sold-out Monday night at Toyota Stadium. FC Dallas will face Austin FC on Sunday, October 23 at 7PM CT at Q2 Stadium (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Talk Radio 1190AM, TUDN 1270AM).
The Western Conference Semifinal matchup between FC Dallas and Austin FC will be the second MLS Cup Playoffs meeting featuring all Texas teams after FC Dallas lost to Houston Dynamo FC in the 2007 Conference Semifinals.
FC Dallas has won its last three penalty shootouts in the MLS Cup Playoffs, while also converting all 17 penalty attempts among the three. FC Dallas defeated the Seattle Sounders in a 4-2 shootout win in the 2015 Western Conference Semifinal before topping the Portland Timbers 8-7 in the First Round of the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs.
FC Dallas improves to 14-24-10 in the MLS Playoffs and holds an 11-8-6 home playoff mark. The club is now 7-9-3 in first round contests and 1-5-5 in extra time playoff matches. The last home FC Dallas playoff win was on Nov. 6, 2016 with a 2-1 victory over Seattle.
Four FC Dallas players made their playoff debuts for the club versus Minnesota United. Maarten Paes, José Martínez, Alan Velasco and Facundo Quignon made their Dallas playoff debuts as starters. Nanu came off the bench at the start of extra time while Joshué Quiñónez also made his playoff debut by entering the match in the 104th minute of extra time.
Facundo Quignon scored his first MLS playoff goal in the 64th minute of the match. Matt Hedges and Alan Velasco both recorded their first playoff assists of their careers.
FC Dallas advances to the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals to face Austin FC on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 7 PM at Q2 Stadium (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Talk Radio 1190AM, TUDN 1270AM).