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FC Dallas
FC Dallas logo.svg
Full name FC Dallas
  • Toros
  • Hoops
  • Burn
Founded June 6, 1995; 21 years ago (1995-06-06) as
Dallas Burn
Stadium Toyota Stadium
Frisco, Texas
Ground Capacity 20,500
Owner Clark Hunt
Head Coach Óscar Pareja
League Major League Soccer
2016 Western Conference: 1st
Overall: 1st
Playoffs: Conference Semi-Finals
Website Club home page
Primary colors
Secondary colors
Current season

FC Dallas is an American professional soccer club based in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas. The club competes as a member of Major League Soccer (MLS), the top league in the United States and Canada. The franchise began play in 1996 as a charter club of the league. FC Dallas was founded in 1995, then being known as the Dallas Burn.

Dallas plays its home games at their 20,295-capacity (16,215 beginning with the 2016 season due to the United States Soccer Hall of Fame construction in the south end) soccer-specific Toyota Stadium, where they have played since 2005. In the club's early years, Dallas played their home games in the Cotton Bowl. The team is owned by the Hunt Sports Group led by brothers Clark Hunt and Dan Hunt, who is the team's president. The Hunt family also owns the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs and part of the Chicago Bulls. The head coach since 2014 is former FC Dallas player Óscar Pareja.

FC Dallas in 2016 won their first Supporters' Shield. In 2010 they were runners-up in the MLS Cup, losing to the Colorado Rapids. The team has won the U.S. Open Cup on two occasions (in 1997 and again in 2016).


The Dallas Burn era: 1996–2004[edit]

Dallas was awarded a Major League Soccer franchise on June 6, 1995, the same day as teams were awarded to Kansas City and Colorado.[1] The team was given its name for the burning in the Texan oilfields and the state's hot weather.[2] On October 17, former Mexico international Hugo Sánchez was designated to the team as their first player.[1] Initially not attracting investors,[2] the Burn was financed by the league itself.[3]

Dallas Burn (in white) playing against at the Chicago Fire's Soldier Field in July 1998

On April 14, 1996, the Dallas Burn played their first game, defeating the San Jose Clash in a shootout win in front of a crowd of 27,779 fans at the Cotton Bowl.[1] Five days later, Jason Kreis scored the team's first goal in a 3–0 home win over the Kansas City Wiz.[4] With a record of 17–15, the Burn finished in second in the Western Conference behind the Los Angeles Galaxy. They lost in the best of three playoff semifinals to the Wiz after three games, the last one being decided by a shootout.[1] Their first campaign in the U.S. Open Cup ended with a 2–3 home defeat in the semi-finals against D.C. United.[5] In their second season, the Burn again reached the playoffs, where they lost in the conference finals to the Colorado Rapids.[6] Later in 1997, they won their first U.S. Open Cup by defeating the MLS Cup champions, D.C. United.[7] In 1999, striker Kreis was voted the league's MVP for a season in which he became the first player to reach 15 goals and 15 assists.[8] That season ended in the playoffs with a defeat to the Galaxy in the conference finals.[9] In October 2000, head coach Dave Dir was fired, despite again taking the team to the playoffs for the fifth consecutive time.[10]

Dir's replacement in January 2001 was Mike Jeffries, who had won the 1998 MLS Cup and two U.S. Open Cups with the Chicago Fire.[11] In his first season in charge, which was cut short as a result of the September 11 attacks, Dallas lost in the playoff quarterfinals to Jeffries' former team.[12] For the 2003 season, the Burn relocated their home games from the Cotton Bowl to the much lower capacity Dragon Stadium (a high school football stadium) in Southlake, which is a northern Fort Worth suburb.[13] The team performed poorly in 2003 and Jeffries was fired in September. He was temporarily replaced by his assistant, former Northern Ireland international Colin Clarke.[14] The team missed the playoffs for the first time, having been one of only two teams to have qualified on all seven prior occasions.[13]

For the 2004 season, Clarke was named the permanent coach and the team returned to the Cotton Bowl,[15] for a campaign in which they again missed the playoffs. In August, club owner Lamar Hunt announced that the club, would be re-branded and known as "FC Dallas" to coincide with their new soccer-specific stadium in Frisco for the 2005 season.[16]

The FC Dallas era: 2005–present[edit]

In March 2005, FC Dallas signed Guatemalan forward Carlos Ruiz, who had scored 50 goals in 72 games for the Galaxy and earned the MVP award for helping them to the 2002 MLS Cup.[17] On August 6, FC Dallas played their inaugural game at Pizza Hut Park and tied the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, 2–2.[18] Ranked second in the West behind the San Jose Earthquakes, Dallas returned to the playoffs for the first time in two seasons, losing in the conference semifinals to Colorado in a penalty kick shootout, with Roberto Miña's attempt saved by Joe Cannon.[19] In 2006, the team finished the regular season at the top of the Western Conference,[20] but lost in the playoffs in the conference semifinals again, leading to Clarke's dismissal. He was replaced by Steve Morrow. In 2007, a third consecutive playoff appearance ended at the same stage with a 4–2 aggregate defeat to fellow Texas club, the Houston Dynamo, who would go on to win their second consecutive MLS Cup.[21] In 2005 and 2007, Dallas reached their first two U.S. Open Cup finals since their 1997 victory, losing both by one-goal margins to the Galaxy and the New England Revolution respectively.[22][23] For the following two seasons, Dallas missed the MLS playoffs. During the 2008 season, Morrow was replaced by Schellas Hyndman. In 2009, the club signed Bryan Leyva as the club's first Homegrown Player from its development academy.[24]

Brek Shea in action for FC Dallas in 2010 against Seattle Sounders FC

In 2010, Dallas played in the MLS Cup for the first time, losing 2–1 after extra time to Colorado at BMO Field in Toronto, after an own goal by George John.[25] On-loan Colombian midfielder David Ferreira was voted the league's MVP, having missed only one minute of the season,[26] and Hyndman won the MLS Coach of the Year Award.[27]

By finishing as runners-up in the MLS Cup, Dallas competed in the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League, their first time in the leading continental tournament. Following a victory in the preliminary round against Alianza F.C. of El Salvador,[28] they reached the group stage. In the first group game, Marvin Chávez's goal defeated Mexican champions UNAM at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario, making Dallas the first MLS team to win an away match in the Champions League against a Mexican team.[29] The team followed this achievement with a victory by the same score at Toronto FC,[30] but did not win any of their four remaining games and were eliminated from the competition after finishing in third place in their group. In October 2013, Hyndman resigned as head coach after a second consecutive season without making the playoffs.[31]

Three months after Hyndman's resignation, his replacement was confirmed to be Colombian and former Dallas player and assistant coach Óscar Pareja, who had resigned from the Colorado Rapids after two seasons as head coach there.[32] Pareja led the club back to the playoffs in 2014. Dallas finished in first place in the Western Conference in 2015.[33] They defeated the Seattle Sounders FC in the conference semifinals, only to fall to the Portland Timbers in the Western Conference finals.[34]

Franchise's first double[edit]

Their regular season performance earned them a return to the Champions League for 2016–17. In 2016 the club won their first Supporters' Shield and second U.S. Open Cup. For the third consecutive year, they met the Sounders in the conference semifinals, this time losing 4–2 on aggregate.

Colors and badge[edit]

Original logo as the Dallas Burn, 1996–2004

Originally, the Dallas Burn played in a predominantly red-and-black color scheme, and had a logo which featured a fire-breathing black mustang behind a stylized red "Burn" wordmark.[2] The logo and the original colors of red and black were revealed at an event in New York City on October 17, 1995.[1]

The team re-branded as FC Dallas in 2005 to coincide with their move to Pizza Hut Park in the middle of that season and has since played in a color scheme of red, white, silver, and blue, and a uniform design of horizontally hooped stripes.[35] The colors are officially listed as Republic Red, Lonestar White, Shawnee Silver, and Bovine Blue.[36] Red remained as a primary color in their home uniforms, with blue eventually becoming a primary color of their away uniforms. The club badge was also changed with a bull replacing the mustang. In July 2012, the team wore their first sponsored jerseys, bearing the logo of Texan sports nutrition manufacturers AdvoCare.[37] For the 2014 and 2015 seasons, the hoops were a different shade of red rather than a contrasting white.[38] The jersey also incorporated the motto "Dallas 'Til I Die" on the inside of the collar and the initials "LH" on the back for Lamar Hunt.[39]

Uniform evolution[edit]

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Third/Special


Toyota Stadium, Dallas's home stadium since 2005

FC Dallas has had three different home stadiums, each of which has been located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.

Name Location Years
Cotton Bowl Dallas 1996–2002, 2004–2005
Dragon Stadium Southlake 2003
Toyota Stadium Frisco 2005–present

From its foundation, the team played in the 92,100-capacity Cotton Bowl in Dallas.[1] 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.[13] After listening to its fans, the team moved back to the Cotton Bowl for the 2004 season.[15]

In August 2005, the club moved into Pizza Hut Park, a 20,500-capacity soccer-specific stadium in the northern suburb of Frisco.[18] After Pizza Hut left as a primary sponsor, the stadium was renamed as Toyota Stadium in September 2013.[40] The stadium is part of a complex with 17 soccer fields, booked more than 350 days per year with annual visits of 1.8 million people.[40] The stadium is currently undergoing renovations to incorporate the National Soccer Hall of Fame into the complex.[41]

Club culture[edit]

Tex Hooper, the FC Dallas mascot


FC Dallas fans enjoy pre-game activities

FC Dallas has five recognized supporters groups: Dallas Football Elite, Red Shamrock, Dallas Beer Guardians, Lonestar Legion and El Matador.[42]


Main article: Texas Derby

FC Dallas' main rival is the Houston Dynamo in the Texas Derby. The two teams reside in the same state and compete for El Capitan, a working replica Civil War cannon that goes to the regular season victor.[43]

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.[44]

In addition to the Texas Derby, the team also competes in two other MLS rivalry cups. The Brimstone Cup against the Chicago Fire, so named for the allusions to fire in both teams' names when FC Dallas was the Dallas Burn, was inaugurated by the fans in 2001.[45] The Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup has been contested against the Columbus Crew since 2007. It is named after Lamar Hunt, who was an investor in both teams.[46] Due to league expansion and realignment, FC Dallas only plays Chicago and Columbus once a year now in the regular season, which has led to decreased importance of these two rivalry cups, especially when compared to the Texas Derby.


During a period where MLS created songs for each club, the team anthem was "H-O-O-P-S Yes!" and was performed by Dallas natives The Polyphonic Spree, a choral symphonic rock group.[47]

Affiliated teams[edit]

FC Dallas is formally associated with Oklahoma City Energy FC of the United Soccer League, the third tier of the American soccer pyramid.[48][49] They were affiliated with Arizona United SC of the USL in 2015.[50][51] Abroad, the team was previously affiliated to Tigres de la UANL of Mexico and Clube Atlético Paranaense of Brazil.[35]


Pizza Hut was the title sponsor of the club's stadium and complex when it opened in 2005. On June 27, 2012, FC Dallas reached a three-year sponsorship deal with AdvoCare, a Plano-based health and wellness company, worth US$7.5M making AdvoCare the official jersey sponsor.[52] After the 2012 season, Pizza Hut ended their relationship with the club, and the stadium was temporarily renamed as FC Dallas Stadium. In September 2013 FC Dallas reached a long term deal with Toyota to be official stadium naming rights partners, and the stadium was once again renamed, this time as Toyota Stadium.[40] In October 2014 FC Dallas and AdvoCare announced an extension of the jersey sponsorship through 2020.[53]


Former Dallas midfielder Bobby Rhine was a play-by-play announcer until his death in 2011[54]

Currently, the club's non-nationally televised games are primarily broadcast on local channel KTXA. This arrangement began with the 2015 season.[55] The club has struggled to find consistent broadcast partners in the crowded Dallas-Fort Worth sports market. 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.[56] This arrangement lasted for two seasons. It was not popular with fans as the channel was not available on many cable and satellite packages besides those offered by Time Warner. The channel still broadcasts some games that are not broadcast by KTXA.[57] Also, in some areas outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth market, the channel continues to broadcast the club's games. Until the 2012 season, FC Dallas matches appeared on various local stations such as KTXA and WFAA (digital channel 8.3), and regional sports network Fox Sports Southwest (often on alternate Fox Sports Southwest Plus channels when conflicting with Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, and Dallas Stars games).

In 2012, Dallas Mavericks play-by-play announcer Mark Followill also became the primary play-by-play announcer for FC Dallas replacing the late Bobby Rhine. Former Houston Dynamo announcer Jonathan Yardley filled in as play-by-play announcer whenever Followill was unavailable due to his responsibilities with the Mavericks. In 2013, Bob Sturm (weekday early afternoon co-host on sports radio KTCK) replaced Yardley, who later returned for the 2016 season as substitute for Followill and Sturm. The color commentator spot has been filled by a rotation of former MLS players including: Brian Dunseth, Ian Joy, Kevin Hartman, Steve Jolley, and Dante Washington. FC Dallas employee Daniel Robertson or Sturm (beginning in 2016) fill in when one of the others is not available.[58] Beginning with the new KTXA deal in 2015, longtime local sports broadcaster Gina Miller hosts a team produced 30 minute pregame show on select broadcasts.

Just like on television, the club struggled to find radio broadcast partners. For several seasons, there were no English radio broadcasts of FC Dallas games. Beginning with the 2014 season, English radio broadcasts returned for the club. KWRD-FM began broadcasting all games (including a postgame show) with longtime soccer journalist Steve Davis on the call.[59] KFLC has all games in Spanish with Carlos Alvarado and Rafa Calderon on the call.[55]

Players and staff[edit]

For details on former players, see All-time FC Dallas roster.

Current roster[edit]

As of March 31, 2017 [60]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Gonzalez, JesseJesse Gonzalez (HGP)  Mexico
2 Defender Grana, HernánHernán Grana (on loan from All Boys)  Argentina
5 Midfielder Cermeño, CarlosCarlos Cermeño (on loan from Deportivo Táchira)  Venezuela
6 Defender Chalá, AníbalAníbal Chalá (DP)  Ecuador
7 Midfielder Gruezo, CarlosCarlos Gruezo (DP)  Ecuador
8 Midfielder Ulloa, VictorVictor Ulloa (HGP)  Mexico
9 Forward Colmán, CristianCristian Colmán (DP)  Paraguay
10 Midfielder Díaz, MauroMauro Díaz  Argentina
11 Midfielder Morales, JavierJavier Morales  Argentina
12 Midfielder Hollingshead, RyanRyan Hollingshead  United States
13 Forward Akindele, TeshoTesho Akindele  Canada
14 Defender Harris, AtibaAtiba Harris  Saint Kitts and Nevis
15 Midfielder Hayes, JacoriJacori Hayes  United States
16 Midfielder Craft, CoyCoy Craft (HGP)  United States
18 Goalkeeper Seitz, ChrisChris Seitz  United States
19 Midfielder Pomykal, PaxtonPaxton Pomykal (HGP)  United States
20 Midfielder Lamah, RolandRoland Lamah  Belgium
21 Midfielder Barrios, MichaelMichael Barrios  Colombia
22 Defender Cannon, ReggieReggie Cannon (HGP)  United States
23 Midfielder Acosta, KellynKellyn Acosta (HGP)  United States
24 Defender Hedges, MattMatt Hedges (captain)  United States
25 Defender Zimmerman, WalkerWalker Zimmerman  United States
26 Defender Hume, WalkerWalker Hume  United States
27 Forward Ferreira, JesusJesus Ferreira (HGP)  Colombia
28 Forward Reid, AdonijahAdonijah Reid (GA)  Canada
29 Forward Reynolds, BryanBryan Reynolds (HGP)  United States
31 Defender Figueroa, MaynorMaynor Figueroa  Honduras
33 Defender Guillen, AaronAaron Guillen (HGP)  Mexico
37 Forward Urruti, MaximilianoMaximiliano Urruti  Argentina

Team management[edit]

Coaching staff
Head coach Óscar Pareja
Assistant coach José Maria Bazán
Assistant coach Fabian Bazan
Assistant coach Marco Ferruzzi
Goalie coach Drew Keeshan
Athletic trainer Skylar Richards
Technical director Fernando Clavijo

Head coaches[edit]

Name Nation Tenure
Dave Dir  United States 1996–2000
Mike Jeffries  United States January 23, 2001 – September 15, 2003
Colin Clarke  Northern Ireland {September 15, 2003 – December 4, 2003} (interim)
December 4, 2003 – November 7, 2006
Steve Morrow  Northern Ireland {November 7, 2006 – December 11, 2006} (interim)
December 11, 2006 – May 20, 2008
Marco Ferruzzi  United States May 20, 2008 – June 16, 2008 (interim)
Schellas Hyndman  United States June 16, 2008 – October 18, 2013
Óscar Pareja  Colombia January 10, 2014 – present




Year Regular Season Playoffs U.S. Open Cup CONCACAF
Champions' League
Avg. Attendance
(Regular Season)
Avg. Attendance
1996 2nd, West (17–15) Conference Semifinals Semifinals Did not qualify 16,011 9,963
1997 3rd, West (16–16) Conference Finals Champions 9,678 9,312
1998 4th, West (15–17) Conference Semifinals Semifinals 10,948 8,130
1999 2nd, West (19–13) Conference Finals Quarterfinals 12,211 10,988
2000 3rd, Central (14–14–4) Conference Semifinals Quarterfinals 13,102 7,555
2001 3rd, Central (10–11–5) Conference Semifinals Round of 32 Not held 12,574 17,149
2002 3rd, West (12–9–7) Conference Semifinals Semifinals Did not qualify 13,122 7,184
2003 5th, West (6–19–5) Did not qualify Round of 16 7,906 Did not qualify
2004 5th, West (10–14–6) Did not qualify Quarterfinals 9,088 Did not qualify
2005 2nd, West (13–10–9) Conference Semifinals Final 11,189 10,104
2006 1st, West (16–12–4) Conference Semifinals Quarterfinals 14,982 15,486
2007 3rd, West (13–12–5) Conference Semifinals Final 15,145 12,537
2008 5th, West (8–10–12) Did not qualify Quarterfinals 13,024 Did not qualify
2009 7th, West (11–13–6) Did not qualify Did not qualify 12,441 Did not qualify
2010 3rd, West (12–4–14) MLS Cup Final Did not qualify 10,815 11,003
2011 4th, West (15–12–7) Knockout Round Semifinals Group stage 12,861 10,017
2012 6th, West (9–13–12) Did not qualify 3rd round Did not qualify 14,199 Did not qualify
2013 8th, West (11–12–11) Did not qualify Quarterfinals 15,374 Did not qualify
2014 4th, West (16–12–6) Conference Semifinals Semifinals 16,816 13,196
2015 1st, West (18–10–6) Conference Finals Round of 16 16,013 19,127
2016 1st, West (17–8–9) Conference Semifinals Champions Semifinals 14,094 14,878

Year-by-year stats[edit]

Carlos Ruiz was FC Dallas's top scorer in 2005, 2006 and 2007
Season League Record Top Scorer
Played Won Lost Drew GF GA Points Name Goals
1996 32 17 15 NA 50 48 41 Jason Kreis 13
1997 32 16 16 NA 55 49 42 Dante Washington 12
1998 32 15 17 NA 43 59 37 Jason Kreis 9
1999 32 19 13 NA 54 35 51 Jason Kreis 18
2000 32 14 14 4 54 54 46 Ariel Graziani 15
2001 26 10 11 5 48 47 35 Ariel Graziani 11
2002 28 12 9 7 44 43 43 Jason Kreis 13
2003 30 6 19 5 35 64 23 Jason Kreis 7
2004 30 10 14 6 34 45 36 Eddie Johnson 12
2005 32 13 10 9 52 44 48 Carlos Ruiz 11
2006 32 16 12 4 48 44 52 Carlos Ruiz 13
2007 30 13 12 5 37 44 44 Carlos Ruiz 7
2008 30 8 10 12 45 41 36 Kenny Cooper 18
2009 30 11 13 6 50 47 39 Jeff Cunningham 17
2010 30 12 4 14 42 28 50 Jeff Cunningham 11
2011 34 15 11 7 42 39 52 Brek Shea 9
2012 34 9 13 12 42 47 39 Blas Pérez 9
2013 34 11 12 11 48 52 44 Blas Pérez 11
2014 34 16 12 6 55 45 54 Blas Pérez 11
2015 34 18 10 6 52 39 60 Fabián Castillo 10
2016 34 17 8 9 50 40 60 Maxi Urruti \ Michael Barrios 9
Total 662 278 255 128 980 954 932 ' '

Note: MLS did not allow ties prior to the 2000 season as games were decided by shootout when tied at full-time.

MLS Scoring Champion/Golden Boot[edit]

The following players have won the MLS Scoring Champion or the Golden Boot.

Player Season Points / Goals
Jason Kreis 1999 51
Jeff Cunningham 2009 17

International competition[edit]

Group stage v. Mexico Necaxa – 1–4
Group stage v. Mexico Cruz Azul – 1–2
Group stage v. Norway Odd Grenland – 1–2
Group stage v. Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv – 2–2
Semi-finals v. Norway Stabæk – 2–1
Fifth place match v. Norway Bodø/Glimt – 1–3
Group stage v. Mexico Guadalajara – 1–1
Group stage v. Mexico Pachuca – 1–1
Group stage v. United States Los Angeles Galaxy – 5–6
Preliminary Round v. El Salvador Alianza – 1–0
Preliminary Round v. El Salvador Alianza – 1–0
Group stage v. Mexico UNAM – 1–0
Group stage v. Canada Toronto FC – 1–0
Group stage v. Panama Tauro FC – 1–1
Group stage v. Mexico UNAM – 0–2
Group stage v. Panama Tauro FC – 3–5
Group stage v. Canada Toronto FC – 0–3
Group stage v. Nicaragua Real Estelí – 2–1
Group stage v. Nicaragua Real Estelí – 1–1
Group stage v. Guatemala Suchitepéquez – 0–0
Group stage v. Guatemala Suchitepéquez – 5–2
Quarter-finals v. Panama Árabe Unido – 4–0
Quarter-finals v. Panama Árabe Unido – 1–2
Semi-finals v. Mexico Pachuca – 2–1
Semi-finals v. Mexico Pachuca – 1–3

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