FC Dallas

FC Dallas

FC Dallas is a North American professional soccer team based in Frisco, Texas, United States. Founded in 1996 as the Dallas Burn, the team plays in Major League Soccer (MLS).

FC Dallas' home is the 20,500 capacity soccer-specific Pizza Hut Park, located on the suburbs of Dallas in Frisco, Texas, where they have played since changing their name in 2005. The team is owned by MLS investor Clark Hunt, who is also the owner of the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs.

History

The team was founded as the Dallas Burn in 1996 the inaugural year of Major League Soccer. From 1996-2002 the team played in the Cotton Bowl. 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.

In August 2005, the club moved into Pizza Hut Park, a soccer-specific stadium in the northern suburb of Frisco. To celebrate this move, the club rebranded itself with a more soccer-fitting name, FC Dallas.

The 2006 season saw the creation of Hoops Nation, an official supporters' club that allows fans to get two free tickets each year, a t-shirt, and other benefits, in exchange for a membership fee. The club works in concert with the existing supporters' group, Inferno (whose name derives from the team's days as the Dallas Burn), by offering discounted tickets to the group's special section. Another active supporters' group are La Raza Latina.

Colors and nickname

The team's colors are Republic Red, Bovine Blue, Shawnee Silver, and Lonestar White. The home jerseys are red, white and blue, the away jerseys are white with blue horizontal stripes. The club has used "Hoops" as part of press releases and marketing campaigns. The Hoops nickname describes the horizontal bands of the team's home and away kits, and refers to the similar sobriquets given to teams such as Celtic and Queens Park Rangers. Fans and media have also used such monikers as FCD, The Red Stripes, the Waldos, and the Toros.

Rivalries

FC Dallas' oldest rivalry is with Eastern conference rival the Chicago Fire. Since 2001, they have competed for the Brimstone Cup, which goes to the team that wins the season series between the two teams. In 2005, the San Jose Earthquakes were put on hold and the team was relocated to Houston, 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 has grown 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 post season.

Honors

Players

Current Roster

As of August 8, 2008. (Captain) (Vice-captain)

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. Argentina

Ecuador

Mexico

United States

Team management

Head coaches

Team records

MLS regular season only, through 2006 season

  • All-Time regular season record: 161-162-45 (Through Oct. 21, 20072)

Ownership

Home stadiums

Media

FC Dallas's matches appear on television on FSN Southwest and KFWD. Brad Sham does the play-by-play while former Dallas coach Dave Dir does color commentary.

All matches are broadcast on radio, the English carrier is KXEZ and KZMP (AM) carries Spanish language broadcasts. Ray Canevari does the English play-by-play, while Carlos Alvarado and Jesus Padilla do Spanish play-by-play and color, respectively.

Partner teams

  • FC Dallas and Tigres UANL "will combine efforts to further develop each club's youth academies. One initiative will see FC Dallas's affiliate youth clubs of FC Texas challenge Tigres' Youth Academy clubs in annual competitions to be played at each team's venue. The teams will also combine to conduct community clinics in each others markets and play a home-and-away series for the Rio Grande Plate.
  • FCD has locked up a deal with Brazilian Série A team Atlético Paranaense. The deal will feature a home-and-away match series between the two clubs in 2007 and also allows the teams to loan players to one another. Along with that, in anticipation of the MLS Youth Development initiatives FCD will be able to learn the youth players development process from the South American team, while CAP can utilize business strategies that allow them to be more profitable. This partnership directly led to FC Dallas's acquisition of Ricardinho and André Rocha and is considered a very successful partnership.
  • FCD signed a partnership with the TT Pro League in December, 2007. The partnership includes player swaps, the ability for teams to use the practice facilities at Pizza Hut Park, and the sharing of business strategies and ideas. Shaka Hislop was influential in organizing the relationship.

Year-by-year

Year Reg. Season Playoffs Open Cup CONCACAF
Champions' Cup
SuperLiga
1996 2nd, West Quarterfinals Semifinals Did not qualify Started in 2007
1997 3rd, West Semifinals Champions Did not qualify
1998 4th, West Quarterfinals Semifinals Did not qualify
1999 2nd, West Semifinals Quarterfinals Did not qualify
2000 3rd, Central Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Did not qualify
2001 3rd, Central Quarterfinals Round of 32 Not held
2002 3rd, West Quarterfinals Semifinals Did not qualify
2003 5th, West Did not qualify Round of 16 Did not qualify
2004 5th, West Did not qualify Quarterfinals Did not qualify
2005 2nd, West Quarterfinals Final Did not qualify
2006 1st, West Quarterfinals Quarterfinals Did not qualify
2007 3rd, West Quarterfinals Final Did not qualify Group Stage

Average attendance

regular season/playoffs

  • 1996: 16,011
  • 1997: 9,678
  • 1998: 10,948
  • 1999: 12,211
  • 2000: 13,102
  • 2001: 12,574
  • 2002: 13,112
  • 2003: 7,906/missed playoffs
  • 2004: 9,088/missed playoffs
  • 2005: 11,189/10,104
  • 2006: 14,982/15,486
  • 2007: 15,145/12,537
  • 2008: 14,420/TBD (As of July 29, 2008)
  • All-Time: 11,535

International competition

Trivia

Song

The team anthem is called “H-O-O-P-S Yes!” and is performed by choral symphonic rock group and Dallas natives The Polyphonic Spree.

Sources

External links

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