A tremendous opportunity awaits FC Dallas as the club has the chance to become the first MLS team to pull off the treble – winning an MLS Cup, a Supporters’ Shield, and a U.S. Open Cup titles in the same year. Dallas can capture the first of the three trophies on Tuesday, Sept. 13 when it hosts the New England Revolution at Toyota Stadium in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championship match (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2/UDN). Dallas and New England have met once this year, with the Texas club grabbing a 4-2 win on the road at Gillette Stadium on May 21. Despite having a club record 19-game unbeaten run at home snapped last weekend, Dallas is still set to make the most of its home field advantage but will be facing an energized Revs side that is coming off a cathartic 3-1 win over New York City FC. Both New England and FC Dallas are each aiming for their respective club’s second U.S. Open Cup title, with Dallas winning in 1997 and New England defeating Dallas in the final in 2007.
If Dallas can capture the Open Cup title on Tuesday, the club faces the next task of winning the Supporters’ Shield. FCD currently leads the race with 51 points (15-8-6 record), ahead of LA Galaxy (47 points), Colorado Rapids (46 points) and Toronto FC (46 points), with just five regular season games remaining. If the results hold, the team could conceivably pull off a historic treble if it survives the postseason and books a trip to MLS Cup; remarkable considering the 2003 Chicago Fire and 2014 Seattle Sounders FC teams are the only clubs to win both the Supporters’ Shield and U.S. Open Cup in the same season.