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FC Dallas (formerly Dallas Burn) is an Americanmarker professional soccer team based in the Dallasmarker suburb of Frisco, Texasmarker that participates in Major League Soccer. The club is a charter member of the league, and was formerly known as the Dallas Burn prior to the 2005 season.

FC Dallas' home is the 20,500 capacity soccer-specific Pizza Hut Parkmarker, located on the suburbs of Dallasmarker in Frisco, Texas, where they have played since changing their name in 2005. The team is owned by MLS investor Clark Hunt, who also owns 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 Bowlmarker. 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 Southlakemarker, 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 Parkmarker, a soccer-specific stadium in the northern suburb of Friscomarker. To celebrate this move, the club rebranded itself as 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. Hoops Nation was officially renamed "FCD Nation" in 2009 as part of a franchise-wide phaseout of the "Hoops" moniker. The club also 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. Other active supporters' groups are La Raza Latina and El Matador.

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. While there is no official nickname for the club, fans refer to the team by various names including FCD, Red Stripes, and Toros.

Crest

Image:DallasBurn.png|Original Dallas Burn crest (1996-2004)


Honors



  • US Open Cup:
    • Winners (1): 1997
    • Runners-up (2): 2005, 2007


Players

Current roster

As of November 25, 2009.

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.









Team management



Head coaches



Team records

MLS regular season only, through 2006 season

  • All-Time regular season record: 161-164-45 (Through April 1, 2009)


Ownership



Home stadia



Media

FC Dallas's matches appear on television on FSN Southwest and KFWDmarker. Brad Sham or Dave Dir does the play-by-play while former Dallas player Bobby Rhine does color commentary.

All matches are broadcast on radio, the English carrier is KXEZmarker and KZMP 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 David Ferreira, 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 Parkmarker, and the sharing of business strategies and ideas. Shaka Hislop was influential in organizing the relationship.


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: 13,024/missed playoffs
  • All-Time: 11,535


International competition



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

  1. http://web.mlsnet.com/players/index.jsp?club=t104
  2. FC Dallas and Tigres UANL to play for Rio Grande Plate
  3. FCD to play Atletico Paranaense twice in March
  4. Best Decisions in FCD history
  5. TT Pro League, FC Dallas forms partnership
  6. adidas MLS Soccer


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