FC Dallas lost a shot at a first-round bye in the Audi 2018 MLS Cup playoffs with a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids on Decision Day at DICK'S Sporting Goods Park.
Cole Bassett and Tommy Smith scored late in the second half to erase a 1-0 FCD lead and send FC Dallas into the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and a first-round date with the Portland Timbers in Texas this week.
Maximiliano Urruti's 18th-minute goal was all FCD got on offense. FC Dallas lost a chance for a goal just before halftime when Roland Lamah drew what was originally called a penalty on Rapids defender Marlon Hairston for a foul in the box. But the play was video reviewed and overturned.
Colorado finished the season at 8-19-7, second to last in the Western Conference. But they went undefeated over their last three games.
- THE BIG PICTURE: FC Dallas was atop the Western Conference in late September. But three straight losses to end the regular season plummeted them to fourth place, and instead of time off, they will have to play in a few days. It was hard to explain the defensive letdown in the second half that allowed Colorado to take control, but FCD has already clinched a playoff spot. For the Rapids, two wins and a draw to end the regular season is a positive they can take into the offseason despite where they ended up in the standings.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Smith's goal, a header into the near corner. At that point, FC Dallas still was in position for a first-round bye, but the attacking Rapids didn't let up.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: The 17-year-old Bassett, a native of nearby Littleton, Colorado, notched his first career MLS goal. And this: