|Full name||FC Dallas|
|Nickname(s)||FCD, Hoops, Red Stripes, Toros, Burn, Dallas 96|
|Founded||1996 (as Dallas Burn)|
|Stadium||FC Dallas Stadium
|Head Coach||Schellas Hyndman|
|League||Major League Soccer|
|Website||Club home page|
FC Dallas is an American professional soccer club based in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas which competes in Major League Soccer (MLS). It is one of the ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception, and was known as Dallas Burn prior to the 2005 season.
Dallas plays its home games at the 20,500 capacity soccer-specific FC Dallas Stadium, where they have played since changing their name in 2005. The team is owned by MLS investor Clark Hunt, who also owns the Columbus Crew and the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. Dallas's current head coach is former Southern Methodist University coach Schellas Hyndman.
The Dallas Burn era: 1996–2004 
On April 14, 1996, the Dallas Burn defeated the San Jose Clash in a shootout win in front of a crowd of 27,779 fans at the Cotton Bowl. The Burn with Jason Kreis and coach Dave Dir, would become one of MLS's better teams as they used a midseason 5-game winning streak to earn their first playoff berth with a record of 17–15. In the playoffs, the Burn would be defeated by the Kansas City Wiz in three games. The Burn started the season with mixed results. Late in the season they used a 4-game winning streak to make the playoffs. They ended their season with a .500 record of 16–16. In the playoffs, the Burn defeated and swept the Los Angeles Galaxy without conceding a goal. But in the next round, they would be defeated by the Colorado Rapids. The Burn would win the US Open Cup by defeating the MLS Cup Champion D.C. United.
In their third season, at the start in the middle of the season the Burn would struggle. Despite a poor record of 15–17, the Burn would qualify for their third straight playoff berth. In the playoffs, the Los Angeles Galaxy swept and defeated the Burn in the first round. By June 1999, the Burn were in the middle of the pack of the Western Conference standings with a record of 5–5. With Jason Kreis' breakout year, the burn would climb to second place at the end of the season with a record of 19–13. In the playoffs, the Burn defeated the defending champions Chicago Fire. In the Western Conference Final, they would be defeated by the Los Angeles Galaxy and eliminated.
After coming within one game of MLS Cup, the Burn were ready to start the season with the cup in mind. The club started the season well, but in the middle of the spring and summer, they were struggling and made the playoffs third in the realigned Central Division and the 6th seed in the league standings with a record of 14–14–6. In the playoffs, the Burn seem to struggle again as the MetroStars swept them in two games. At the end of the season, coach Dave Dir would be terminated and replaced by Mike Jeffries. In their first season under Mike Jeffries in 2001, the Burn would continue to play mediocre soccer and finish the season 10–11–5 after the final weekend was cut short as a result of the September 11 attacks. In the playoffs as the 7th seed team, the Burn would disappoint again, as they lost in three games to the Chicago Fire.
The Burn had a much better season from start to finish in 2002. Jason Kreis would continue to lead the club as they finished with a 12–9–7 record, their best in three years and they earned the 5th seed in the playoffs. In the playoffs, the Colorado Rapids defeated the Burn on a series-tiebreaking goal by Mark Chung in game 3. The Burn started 2003 playing in Southlake, Texas in Dragon Stadium. The Burn would struggle and suffer through a rough season. Mike Jeffries was fired in September and replaced by Colin Clarke as the Burn finished the season with a record of 6–19–5, missing the playoffs for the first time in club history.
2004 saw a one-year return to the Cotton Bowl, and the team's final year being known as the "Dallas Burn", the club would carry over some of their frustrations from the previous year. By late July, the Burn would be back in the playoff run, but it would not be enough as they again missed the playoffs for the second year with a disappointing 10–14–6 season. In August, club owner Lamar Hunt announced that the club in 2005 would be rebranded and would be known as "FC Dallas" to coincide with their new soccer specific stadium in Frisco, Texas. The acquisition of Carlos Ruiz, FC Dallas would have a great start to the 2005 season, losing only two of their first 17 games. On August 6, FC Dallas played their inaugural game at Pizza Hut Park and tied the MetroStars, 2–2. Mid season the club started to struggle and they went on a six-game winless streak. As the playoffs neared they went on a three game winning streak. That streak helped them into the playoffs as the second seed in the West with a record of 13–10–9. Against the Colorado Rapids in the playoffs, the teams would play a scoreless first game. After playing to a 1–1 tie in regulation time, the two teams were level again, 2–2, after the first overtime. In the shootout, the Rapids outscored and defeated FC Dallas, 5–4 on penalties.
The FC Dallas era: 2005–present 
FC Dallas again started the 2006 season well. In their first full season at Pizza Hut Park, Carlos Ruiz led the season with 13 goals, helping his team to a 16–12–4 record and the top seed in the Western Conference. In the playoffs, they struggled as they were again were defeated in penalties by the Colorado Rapids. FC Dallas were on the top spot in the Western Conference for much of the first half of 2007, winning 6 of their first 10 matches. In the second half of the season, though, FC Dallas started to struggle and were in a decline, as they only won 5 games after the All-Star break, going into postseason with a record of 13–12–5, for third in the Western Conference. In the playoffs, FC Dallas lost 4–2 on aggregate to Houston Dynamo.
FC Dallas, stumbled from the start of the 2008 season, and slipped to the bottom of the Western Conference standings, which led to the firing of Coach Steve Morrow. The club hired Schellas Hyndman to replace Steve Morrow, they would showed some signs of improvement, but they would never recover as they missed the playoffs, while finishing in fifth place with a record of 8–10–12. They missed the playoffs again in 2009 and their record was mediocre at best (11–13–6). FC Dallas was despicable on the road, losing 10 games, 3rd worst in MLS. The club was 1st in goals in favor, but 2nd to last in goals against. The team played well, but that more often than not did not translate into wins.
FC Dallas had one of the most consistent seasons in 2010, losing just four games while advancing all the way to the MLS Cup championship. Midfielder David Ferreira entered the season as a relative unknown, but ended the season as the league's MVP. Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman was a knee injury away from goalkeeper of the year and coach Schellas Hyndman, after a couple challenging seasons as head coach, won MLS coach of the year. In the Playoffs, FC Dallas advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the second time, and defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 3–0 at the Home Depot Center, thus advancing to its first MLS Cup final against the Colorado Rapids. FC Dallas lost the match by a score of 2–1, after overtime.
The 2011 campaign saw reigning MVP David Ferreira go down with an ankle injury, in a 2–1 victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Despite the loss, FC Dallas continued to have much success. Brek Shea led the way and took over the scoring load left behind by David Ferreira. FC Dallas was the first team in the 2011 MLS season to reach 10 wins. The 2011 MLS Season also saw FC Dallas advance past the third round of the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 3–2 victory over Orlando City S.C. with the victory FC Dallas advanced to the quarterfinals where they beat Real Salt Lake 2–0. On August 17, FC Dallas became the first MLS club to defeat a Mexican team in Mexico, beating UNAM 1–0 in the CONCACAF Champions League. FC Dallas saw their 2011 season come to an end when they lost to the New York Red Bulls in a wild-card playoff match.
Colors and badge 
Originally, Dallas Burn played in a predominantly red-and-black color scheme, and had a logo which featured a fire-breathing black horse beneath a stylized red "Burn" wordmark. The team re-branded as FC Dallas in 2005 to coincide with their move to Pizza Hut Park, and has since played in a color scheme of red, blue, silver, and white, and a kit design of horizontally hooped stripes.
- Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas (1996–2002, 2004–2005)
- Dragon Stadium; Southlake, Texas (2003)
- FC Dallas Stadium; Frisco, Texas (2005–present)
From 1996–2002 the team played in the 92,100-capacity Cotton Bowl in Dallas. In an effort to save money due to the club's unfavorable lease with the Cotton Bowl, the club played its 2003 home games at Dragon Stadium, a high school stadium in Southlake, a Fort Worth suburb. After listening to its fans, the Dallas Burn, as the team was called from 1996–2004, moved back to the Cotton Bowl for the 2004 season. Another factor to the move was the money that the club was losing due to the fact that there could be no alcohol sales at a public high school.
Club culture 
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FC Dallas has four major supporters groups: The Inferno (the original supporters group from the days of the Dallas Burn), Dallas Football Elite (DFE), Red Shamrock, and the Dallas Beer Guardians (DBG). These groups are all known for their unique styles and brotherhood. But they all have one thing in common, the love for their club. For all 90mins of every single game they stand and sing/chant and give the opposing team hell as they help push their beloved club to victory.
During the 2012 season, memberships to these groups started to rise and they all became synergetic during match days. On these days, the Inferno, the DBG, the Red Shamrock and the DFE congregate in the North End (the Beer Garden) of FC Dallas Stadium to form what is now known as "North End United for FC Dallas". They each remain as their own independent entity. Yet together they are "One voice with one passion and one love" for FC Dallas.
Their mission is simple: To promote the sport. Increase the love for their club. And grow the supporters base within each of their groups.
FC Dallas' oldest rivalry is with their Eastern Conference rival, the Chicago Fire. Since 2001, the two clubs have competed for the Brimstone Cup, which goes to the team that wins the season series between the two teams. However, due to the teams having moved to different conferences after formerly competing alongside each other in the Central Division, the rivalry has waned in recent years. In 2005, the San Jose Earthquakes were put on hold and the team's assets were reinvented in Houston as the Houston Dynamo, sparking an intrastate rivalry with the new Houston club. The two teams play for El Capitan, a cannon that goes to the regular season victor. Recently, animosity grew between fans and players of FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids, mainly sparking from Colorado players' comments towards the fans and Colorado's victories over FC Dallas in the 2005 and 2006 MLS Cup Playoffs. This rivalry was once again renewed in the 2010 MLS Cup championship match. Played in Toronto, FC Dallas fell 2–1 to the Rapids after extra time.
International affiliations 
FC Dallas's matches appeared on regional television on Fox Sports Southwest, KTXA and WFAA (8-3) and several games are televised nationally on NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network until the 2012 season. On February 25, 2013, FC Dallas signed a deal with Time Warner Cable to air most of its games on the Time Warner Cable Sports Channel in Dallas, replacing Fox Sports Southwest as the primary broadcaster of games. In 2012, Dallas Mavericks play-by-play announcer Mark Followill and former Houston Dynamo announcer Jonathan Yardley split play-by-play duties, replacing the late Bobby Rhine. Former MLS players Brian Dunseth, Ian Joy, and Dante Washington rotate doing color commentary. In 2013, Bob Sturm replaced Yardley and Steve Jolley returned to the broadcast team, splitting color commentary duties with Dante Washington and Brian Dunseth. The TV audio is also simulcast on The Ticket (1310 AM) which also broadcasts nationally televised games involving FC Dallas. ESPN Deportes (1540 AM) carries Spanish language broadcasts. Carlos Alvarado and Jesús Padilla do Spanish play-by-play and color, respectively.
Players and staff 
Current roster 
As of March 3, 2013.
Out on loan 
|—||Defender||Moises Hernandez (on loan at Saprissa)||United States|
Notable former players 
This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.
- See also All-time FC Dallas roster
Team management 
- Manager: Schellas Hyndman
- Assistant Manager: Brent Erwin
- Assistant Manager: Marco Ferruzzi
- Goalkeeping Coach: Drew Keeshan
- Athletic Trainer: Joshua Watts
- Technical Director: Fernando Clavijo
Head coaches 
- Dave Dir (1996–00)
- Mike Jeffries (Jan 2001–Sept 03)
- Colin Clarke (Sept 2003–Dec 03) (interim)
- Colin Clarke (Dec 2003–Nov 06)
- Steve Morrow (Nov 2006–Dec 06), (interim)
- Steve Morrow (Dec 2006–May 08)
- Marco Ferruzzi (2008) (interim)
- Schellas Hyndman (June 2008–present)
- MLS Western Conference
- Winners (Regular Season) (1): 2006
- Winners (Playoff) (1): 2010
- Runners-up (Regular Season) (3): 1996, 1999, 2005
- Runners-up (Playoff) (2): 1997, 1999
- Lamar Hunt US Open Cup
- Winners (1): 1997
- Runners-up (2): 2005, 2007
- Minor Trophies
|Year||Regular Season||Playoffs||US Open Cup||CONCACAF
|1996||2nd, West||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Did not qualify||16,011||9,963|
|1997||3rd, West||Semifinals||Champions||Did not qualify||9,678||9,312|
|1998||4th, West||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Did not qualify||10,948||8,130|
|1999||2nd, West||Semifinals||Quarterfinals||Did not qualify||12,211||10,988|
|2000||3rd, Central||Quarterfinals||Quarterfinals||Did not qualify||13,102||7,555|
|2001||3rd, Central||Quarterfinals||Round of 32||Not held||12,574||17,149|
|2002||3rd, West||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Did not qualify||13,122||7,184|
|2003||5th, West||Did not qualify||Round of 16||Did not qualify||7,906||Did not qualify|
|2004||5th, West||Did not qualify||Quarterfinals||Did not qualify||9,088||Did not qualify|
|2005||2nd, West||Quarterfinals||Final||Did not qualify||11,189||10,104|
|2006||1st, West||Quarterfinals||Quarterfinals||Did not qualify||14,982||15,486|
|2007||3rd, West||Quarterfinals||Final||Did not qualify||15,145||12,537|
|2008||5th, West||Did not qualify||Quarterfinals||Did not qualify||13,024||Did not qualify|
|2009||7th, West||Did not qualify||Did not qualify||Did not qualify||12,441||Did not qualify|
|2010||3rd, West||Final||Did not qualify||Did not qualify||10,815||11,003|
|2011||4th, West||Wild Card||Semifinals||Group Stage||12,861||10,017|
|2012||6th, West||Did not qualify||3rd Round||Did not qualify||14,199||Did not qualify|
Year-by-year stats 
|Year||League Record||Top Scorer|
Note: MLS did not allow ties prior to the 2000 season as games were decided by shootout when tied at full time.
International competition 
- 1998 CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup:
- 2004 La Manga Cup:
See also 
- Major League Soccer: News: Article[dead link]
- "adidas MLS Soccer". Adidas.com. Retrieved December 3, 2011.
- "FC Dallas signs multi-year, multi-million dollar jersey deal with AdvoCare". FCDallas.com. June 27, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- "DallasNews.com". FCDallas.com. March 3, 2013. Retrieved March 3, 2013.
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