|Full name||FC Dallas|
|Founded||April 14, 1996(as Dallas Burn)|
|Head Coach||Óscar Pareja|
|League||Major League Soccer|
|2014||Western Conference: 4th
Playoffs: Lost semifinal vs. Seattle Sounders FC
|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 10 charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception, and was known as Dallas Burn prior to the 2005 season.
In regular season play, the team's best finish was in 2006, coming first in the Western Conference. In 2010, they were runners-up to the Colorado Rapids in the MLS Cup. The team has one Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, winning the 1997 edition against D.C. United in a penalty shootout.
Dallas plays its home games at the 20,295 capacity soccer-specific Toyota Stadium, where they have played since changing their name in 2005. The team is owned by MLS investor Clark Hunt, who also owns the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. The head coach since 2014 is former player Óscar Pareja.
- 1 History
- 2 Colors and badge
- 3 Stadium
- 4 Club culture
- 5 Broadcasting
- 6 Players and staff
- 7 Honors
- 8 Record
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The Dallas Burn era: 1996–2004
Dallas was awarded a Major League Soccer franchise on June 6, 1995, the same day as teams were awarded to Kansas City and Colorado. The team was given its name for the burning in the Texan oilfields and the state's hot weather. On October 17, former Mexico international Hugo Sánchez was designated to the team as their first player. Initially not attracting investors, the Burn was financed by the league itself.
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. Five days later, Jason Kreis scored the team's first goal in a 3–0 home win over the Kansas City Wiz. With a record of 17–15 record, the Burn came second in the Western Conference behind the Los Angeles Galaxy, losing in the playoffs semi-finals to the Wiz after three games, the last one being decided by a shootout. Their first campaign in the U.S. Open Cup ended with a 2–3 home defeat in the semi-finals against D.C. United. In their second season, the Burn again reached the playoffs, where they lost the Conference final to the Colorado Rapids. Later in 1997, they won their first and only Open Cup by defeating the MLS Cup champion D.C. United. 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, while the playoffs ended with defeat to the Galaxy in the Conference final. In October 2000, coach Dave Dir was fired, despite again taking the team to the playoffs for the fifth consecutive time.
Dir's replacement in January 2001 was Mike Jeffries, who had won the 1998 MLS Cup and two open cups with the Chicago Fire. In his first season in charge, cut short as a result of the September 11 attacks, Dallas lost in the playoffs quarter-finals to Jeffries' former team. For the 2003 season, the Burn relocated to the Dragon Stadium in Southlake. Jeffries was fired in September and replaced by his assistant, former Northern Ireland international Colin Clarke. The team missed the playoffs for the first time, having been one of only two teams to have qualified on all seven prior occasions.
For the 2004 season, the team returned to the Cotton Bowl, for a campaign in which they again missed the playoffs. In August, club owner Lamar Hunt announced that the club, would be rebranded and known as "FC Dallas" to coincide with their new soccer-specific stadium in Frisco for the 2005 season.
The FC Dallas era: 2005–present
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. On August 6, FC Dallas played their inaugural game at Pizza Hut Park and tied the MetroStars, 2–2. 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 semi-finals to Colorado in a shootout, with Roberto Miña's attempt saved by Joe Cannon. In 2006, the team finished the regualar season at the top of the Western Conference, and the next season a third consecutive playoff appearance ended at the same stage with a 4–2 aggregate defeat to fellow Texans the Houston Dynamo. In 2005 and 2007, Dallas reached their first two Open Cup finals since their 1997 victory, losing both by one-goal margins to the Galaxy and the New England Revolution respectively. For the following two seasons, Dallas missed the MLS playoffs.
In 2010, Dallas played 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. On-loan Colombian midfielder David Ferreira was voted the league's MVP, having missed only one minute of the season, and Schellas Hyndman won the MLS Coach of the Year Award.
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 victory in the preliminary round against Alianza F.C. of El Salvador, 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 away to a Mexican team. The team followed this with a victory by the same score at Toronto FC, but did not win any of their four remaining games and were eliminated in third place in their group. In October 2013, Hyndman resigned as coach after a second consecutive season without the playoffs. Three months later, his replacement was confirmed, Colombian and former Dallas player Óscar Pareja, who had resigned from the Colorado Rapids.
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 mustang behind a stylized red "Burn" wordmark. The logo and the original colors of red and black were revealed at an event in New York City on Octovber 17, 1995.
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, white, silver, and blue and a kit design of horizontally hooped stripes. The colors are officially listed as Republic Red, Lonestar White, Shawnee Silver and Bovine Blue. In July 2012, the team wore their first sponsored jerseys, bearing the logo of Texan sports nutrition manufacturers AdvoCare. For the 2014 and 2015 seasons, the hoops were a different shade of red rather than a contrasting white. 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.
- Cotton Bowl; Dallas, Texas (1996–2002, 2004–2005)
- Dragon Stadium; Southlake, Texas (2003)
- Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas (2005–present)
From its foundation, 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. In August 2005, the club moved into Pizza Hut Park, a 20,500-capacity soccer-specific stadium in the northern suburb of Frisco. The stadium was renamed the Toyota Stadium in September 2013. 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.
FC Dallas has five recognized supporters groups: Dallas Football Elite, Red Shamrock, Dallas Beer Guardians, Lonestar Legion and El Matador.
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.
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.
The team also competes in two 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. 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.
FC Dallas is formally associated with Arizona United SC of the United Soccer League, the third tier of the American soccer pyramid. Abroad, the team is affiliated to Mexican Primera División club Tigres de la UANL and Clube Atlético Paranaense of Brazil's Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.
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 become the official jersey sponsor. In September 2013 FC Dallas reached a long term deal with Toyota to be official stadium naming rights partners. In October 2014 FC Dallas and AdvoCare announced an extension of the jersey sponsorship through 2020.
Until the 2012 season, 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. 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 with Carlos Alvarado and Jesús Padilla doing play-by-play and color, respectively. La Voz del Pueblo (1270 AM) has all games in Spanish, and Azteca America broadcasts tape delayed television coverage in Spanish.
Players and staff
- For details on former players, see All-time FC Dallas roster.
As of January 24, 2015.
Out on loan
|33||Defender||Earle, OtisOtis Earle (on loan to Arizona United)||England|
- Manager: Óscar Pareja
- Assistant Manager: José María Bazán
- Assistant Manager: Brent Erwin
- Assistant Manager: Marco Ferruzzi
- Goalkeeping Coach: Drew Keeshan
- Athletic Trainer: Skylar Richards
- Technical Director: Fernando Clavijo
|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)|
- Lamar Hunt US Open Cup
- Winners: 1997
- Runners Up (2): 2005, 2007
- MLS Western Conference
- Winners (Playoff): 2010
- Winners (Regular Season): 2006
- Minor Trophies
|Year||Regular Season||Playoffs||US Open Cup||CONCACAF
|1996||2nd, West (17–15)||Conference Semi-finals||Semi-finals||Did not qualify||16,011||9,963|
|1997||3rd, West (16–16)||Conference Finals||Champions||Did not qualify||9,678||9,312|
|1998||4th, West (15–17)||Conference Semi-finals||Semi-finals||Did not qualify||10,948||8,130|
|1999||2nd, West (19–13)||Conference Finals||Quarter-finals||Did not qualify||12,211||10,988|
|2000||3rd, Central (14–14–4)||Conference Semi-finals||Quarter-finals||Did not qualify||13,102||7,555|
|2001||3rd, Central (10–11–5)||Conference Semi-finals||Round of 32||Not held||12,574||17,149|
|2002||3rd, West (12–9–7)||Conference Semi-finals||Semi-finals||Did not qualify||13,122||7,184|
|2003||5th, West (6–19–5)||Did not qualify||Round of 16||Did not qualify||7,906||Did not qualify|
|2004||5th, West (10–14–6)||Did not qualify||Quarter-finals||Did not qualify||9,088||Did not qualify|
|2005||2nd, West (13–10–9)||Conference Semi-finals||Final||Did not qualify||11,189||10,104|
|2006||1st, West (16–12–4)||Conference Semi-finals||Quarter-finals||Did not qualify||14,982||15,486|
|2007||3rd, West (13–12–5)||Conference Semi-finals||Final||Did not qualify||15,145||12,537|
|2008||5th, West (8–10–12)||Did not qualify||Quarter-finals||Did not qualify||13,024||Did not qualify|
|2009||7th, West (11–13–6)||Did not qualify||Did not qualify||Did not qualify||12,441||Did not qualify|
|2010||3rd, West (12–4–14)||MLS Cup Final||Did not qualify||Did not qualify||10,815||11,003|
|2011||4th, West (15–12–7)||Knockout Round||Semi-finals||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||Quarter-finals||Did not qualify||15,374||Did not qualify|
|2014||4th, West (16–12–6)||Conference Final||Semi-finals||Did not qualify||16,816||13,196|
|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.
- 1998 CONCACAF Cup Winners Cup:
- 2004 La Manga Cup:
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