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FC Dallas needs win over Galaxy

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FC Dallas has only one win in the last 92 days and yet the team could still make the MLS playoffs if it defeats the Los Angeles Galaxy at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on Sunday.

A victory for Dallas (10-10-13, 43 points) and a draw or loss for the San Jose Earthquake (12-14-7, 43 points) will secure FC Dallas the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The two teams are tied in points, but the Earthquake have the advantage with two more home wins on the season.

And Real Salt Lake (12-15-6, 42 points) remains lurking in eighth place in the Western Conference with a chance to slide into the playoffs if both Dallas and San Jose falter.

But Dallas must stay focused midfielder Ryan Hollingshead told fcdallas.com

"We have to just get three points at home," Hollingshead said. "We've got to take care of our business. That's what we're focusing on. We can't think about other results or be worried about other results. We've just got to do what we can do and try to put ourselves in the best spot."

Dallas coach Oscar "Papi" Pareja said he won't be watching the result of the San Jose match during the game.

"Listen, we need to get that result. We need to beat L.A.," Pareja told the Dallas Morning News. "The other thing is just something I can't control. I don't think we need to change, or think about changing, attitudes from the first minute to the 90. I think the urgency should be there."

Dallas had started off the year in excellent fashion, but has been in a downward spiral since a July 29 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Since then, Dallas has gone 1-6-6 over the last 13 matches.

Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman remained confident that if the team makes the playoffs, it could surprise a lot of people.

"For sure there is pressure, but that's a good feeling," Zimmerman told ESPN FC. "We know we have to perform. We're staying positive. We feel like if we can get in, we have the team to make a run to MLS Cup."

Meanwhile, Sunday will finally be the end of a dreadful season for the Galaxy (8-17-8, 32 points) who have the worst record in Major League Soccer.

But make no mistake, Galaxy defender Dave Romney told lagalaxy.com, the team is itching to wreck Dallas' playoff chances.

"That's all we're playing for. Finish our season strong and knock them out of the playoffs as well," Romney said.

The Galaxy, who snapped a six game winless streak with a victory over Minnesota United FC last week, are hoping to end the season on a high note, coach Sigi Schmid told lagalaxy.com.

"Obviously, we weren't going to make the playoffs," Schmid said. "But we wanted to go out with good memories for ourselves and good memories for our fans. And I think we are capable of doing that."

The Galaxy and Dallas opened the season against each other on March 4. Dallas came away from that match with a 2-1 victory in Los Angeles.

Updated October 21, 2017

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