How rare was FC Dallas' three-goal comeback against the Montreal Impact?

FC Dallas' three-goal rally against the Montreal Impact on Saturday was certainly eye-catching – but was it the comeback of the season?

The numbers say yes.

The Texas side's rally from a 3-0 deficit in the final 31 minutes of regulation (plus stoppage time) was the first time in 2019 that a team has come back from three goals down to get a result, in this case a 3-3 tie. It is also just the 15th time in MLS's 24-year history that a team has accomplished the feat per the MLS Fact and Record Book, and the second such occasion that Dallas have done so.

Biggest comebacks to earn a result in MLS history

Date Result (home team listed first) Deficit
8/18/19 Montreal Impact 3, FC Dallas 3 DAL trailed, 3-0
6/13/18 Toronto FC 4, D.C. United 4 TOR trailed, 3-0
6/2/18 Columbus Crew 3, Toronto FC 3 CLB trailed, 3-0
3/31/18 LA Galaxy 4, LAFC 3 LA trailed, 3-0
7/19/17 Seattle Sounders 4, D.C. United 3 SEA trailed, 3-0
4/29/17 Seattle Sounders 3, New England Revolution 3 SEA trailed, 3-0
4/22/17 Philadelphia Union 3, Montreal Impact 3 MTL trailed, 3-0
5/7/16 Columbus Crew 4, Montreal Impact 4 MTL trailed, 4-1
7/25/15 Columbus Crew 3, Toronto FC 3 TOR trailed, 3-0
8/29/12 New England Revolution 3, Chivas USA 3 CHV trailed, 3-0
9/7/11 Philadelphia Union 4, New England Revolution 4 PHI trailed, 4-1
4/2/11 Vancouver Whitecaps 3, Sporting KC 3 VAN trailed, 3-0
7/14/07 D.C. United 3, FC Dallas 3 DAL trailed, 3-0
7/12/03 New England Revolution 3, NY/NJ MetroStars 3 NY trailed, 3-0
5/4/96 NY/NJ MetroStars 4, Tampa Bay Mutiny 3 (SO) NY trailed, 3-0

No team has ever come back from four goals down to get a result in the history of MLS.

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The comeback could also prove to be a watershed moment in FC Dallas' season. They currently sit tied with Portland for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference — on the wrong side of the playoff line due to the wins tiebreaker — but they have played a whopping three more games than the Timbers and two more than the sixth-placed team in the West, San Jose. But it's hard to argue that a rally like the one on Saturday night doesn't fuel a team's confidence, especially after their middling run of form this summer. There's still a lot of work to be done for Luchi Gonzalez's men, but one thing is clear: the belief is still very much alive in the Toyota Stadium locker room.


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