For just the second time ever, and first in 15 years, the MLS play-offs will witness a Texas derby.
Back then, FC Dallas were beaten by Houston Dynamo after extra time; the Burn will be hoping for a different outcome this time.
This year, Dallas began their post-season campaign by welcoming Minnesota United to Frisco on Monday night.
The Loons actually broke the deadlock at Toyota Stadium, only for Facundo Quignon’s header to force extra time and then penalties.
All five of Dallas’ spot-kicks were converted, meaning Alan Velasco’s audacious Panenka saw them sneak through in spectacular fashion.
On the road this time, can Nico Estévez lead his team into the Conference Finals for the first time since 2015?
Austin FC meanwhile are making their post-season debut in, what is, just their second-ever season.
However, the Verde and Black looked set for an early exit on Sunday, 2-0 down at home to Real Salt Lake after just 15 minutes.
Sebastián Driussi did manage to half the deficit, with Austin given a real boost when RSL were reduced to ten-men.
Even so, they required a 94th minute penalty from Driussi to save their campaign; this tie too went to a shootout.
Goalkeeper Brad Stuver was the hero, making two saves, one of which was remarkable, as Austin got through.
That means Josh Wolff’s side have lost just three of their last 20 home games, hopeful of further improving that ratio here.
Both regular season Copa Tejas meetings between these two finished all square in 2022.
There must be a winner this time though, so who will reach the Western Conference Final at Q2 Stadium, where LAFC or LA Galaxy await?