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FC Dallas Special Olympics win in soccer doubleheader

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It’s not often you see a soccer doubleheader at Frisco's Toyota Stadium, however nearly 16,000 excited fans watched in 97 degree heat as FC Dallas won twice Saturday night over the Colorado Rapids. First in a regular season MLS matchup against the Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas scored a 3-1 win as they overpowered the Rapids with two first half goals within the first 12 minutes of play. Then immediately following the MLS game, FC Dallas Special Olympics rang up a 2-0 victory over Colorado Rapids Special Olympics in their first ever home match against another MLS Special Olympics team.

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Last year FC Dallas Special Olympics and Colorado Rapids Special Olympics fought to a 2-2 draw in an away game played in Colorado. Special Olympic matches are comprised of two 20-minute halves and feature all FC Dallas game festivities including fireworks, the drumline and Tex Hooper. Opening ceremonies were conducted by FC Dallas President Dan Hunt as both teams paid respect to country, the sport and each other.

After a scoreless first half of play, FC Dallas Special Olympics scored two second half goals against a tough Colorado Rapids Special Olympics defense. FC Dallas player, Jacob Hill scored in the 32nd minute and Steven McIlhenny again in the 39th minute for the shutout.

This is the second year of play for the FC Dallas Special Olympics team. All players have signed contracts as official FC Dallas players and are among six MLS franchises with Special Olympic teams: FC Dallas, Colorado, Los Angeles, Real Salt Lake, Seattle and Portland.