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FC Dallas advances to CONCACAF Champions League group stage

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Ugo Ihemelu scored off a first-half corner kick, and FC Dallas' stout defense did the rest as the MLS side topped Alianza FC, 1-0, for the second consecutive week to win their CONCACAF Champions League preliminary tie on a 2-0 aggregate and advance to the tournament's group stage.

After winning 1-0 in last week's first leg in El Salvador, all FC Dallas had to do was hold serve at home to secure advancement. When Ihemelu connected with Ricardo Villar's 36th-minute set piece, it pinned the Salvadorian side against the ropes. Dallas withstood the ensuing physical onslaught and boiling-hot temperatures to make it to the CCL group stage for the first time in franchise history.

FCD joins fellow MLS side Toronto FC in Group C with Mexico's Pumas UNAM and Panama's Tauro FC.

Highlights of the match are after the jump:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcVqp_nvGC0]

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What did you think of the match? What do you think FC Dallas' chances are to get out of its group?

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  1. Well, in the next month we are getting David Ferreira back from injury, Castillo back from the U20 world cup, Maicon Santos can play now, and we are announcing a new player signing today as well. Although we’ve been pretty solid even without those players (only 3 points behind LA Galaxy for the Supporter’s Shield with a game in hand).

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  2. like I said, PUMAS will dismantle FCD just watch…you probably don’t keep track with the Mexican league like I do, you’ll see what happens

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  3. I went to a few Dallas Burn games at the Cotton Bowl back in the day, and there were plenty of hispanic fans there.

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  4. And FCD went to the finals last year and, quite frankly, dominated that game vs Colorado, whose only goal seemed to be to play rugby. FCD will be fine.

    Estadio Olimpico Universitario will soon translate to PHP South. 🙂

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  5. just recently they hired some guy from our Marketing Dept at TFC, he might help a bit, provided they try and market to the 18-30 male crowd instead of families.

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  6. For the record, Frisco is 25 minutes and an easy drive from downtown Dallas, also Frisco/Plano are huge suburbs with huge amount of soccer playing kids so population proximity is not the problem, they could draw if the Hunts actually put an effort into marketing the team (they don’t because they try to keep costs down and eke out a small profit).

    I hope that FCD can do well in the Champions league and the front office uses that as a promotional tool to reach out to hispanic soccer fans in the DFW area. I think these hispanic fans have largely stayed away from MLS (not to say they all have but alot have) because they aren’t convinced its a pretty good league so they stay fans of the mexican league.

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  7. I went to the FCD game, and let me tell you—it was REALLY hot.

    FCD doesn’t have the biggest crowds, obviously. The stadium is just too far from where most people live. Still, our supporters, while not many, are pretty solid.

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  8. That does make sense actually, although it still would not have been very full regardless. dallas isnt exactly known for having a full house

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  9. The tempeture at game time was 107 degrees, so they closed the non shaded side. Also who wants to go to a game and sit in 100 degree shade when there is an english language roadcast you can watch?

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  10. and who always ends up winning? 0-4-23 record in Mexico for MLS teams, and Mexican teams are vey well capable of winning in the U.S.

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  11. Pumas is the defending champ down south, they will have already played 5+ games when they play FCD…that lineup is sick, i don’t see FCD posing a threat

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  12. Relax…Let the round play out. Pumas just started their season. The group teams will be at a different point when they play. Nothing is confirmed yet. Monterrey proved they can win the tournament. Pumas have not done so.

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  13. When I turned this game on I was wondering why there were no fans, it was a bit embarrassing. I know they were on the camera side but even then it was hardly packed and at least half the stadium was entirely empty. disgraceful, fairly good performance by dallas though

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  14. PUMAS UNAM beat Monterrey today, confirming who the best team in Mexico and CONCACAF is……I honestly don’t believe FCD can beat them at home and definitely not in Mexico city…FCD will have to battle it out with TFC for second place.

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