Defending Conference Soccer Champ FC Dallas To Begin 2016 MLS Season March 6 at Toyota Stadium vs. Philadelphia

Our hometown professional soccer team, FC Dallas, the defending MLS Western Conference regular season champion, will open its 2016 Major League Soccer season when it hosts the Philadelphia Union at Toyota Stadium on Sunday, March 6. For season and single game ticket information, please log onto http://www.fcdallas.com/tickets or call  (214) 705-6700.

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This will be the first of 17 home games and a challenging 34-game regular season schedule ending October 23. The squad hopes to surpass its outstanding success of last season, its 20th, when FC Dallas advanced to the Western Conference Finals before falling to the eventual MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers.

Head Coach Oscar Pareja’s talented side won seven and tied one of its final 10 regular season matches to finish deadlocked with the Eastern Division champion New York Red Bulls at 18 wins, 10 losses and six ties for 60 standings points.

FC Dallas also defeated Seattle in the Western Conference Semifinals, 2-1 and 2-1 before falling just short by a two-game aggregate goal differential, 5-3 to the Timbers.

Even in defeat, FC Dallas was a true inspiration to the soccer and the sporting worlds.

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Facing a 3-1 deficit against Portland, FC Dallas did the soccer world – and local fans in particular — proud by battling back in the Nov. 29 match. Down 1-0 in the contest, they scored twice to take a 2-1 lead in the 2nd half.  Midfielder Ryan Hollingshead tied the score 1-1 after he took a pass from midfielder Maura Diaz and scored with a quick volley in the game’s 68th minute.

Just four minutes later, FC Dallas brought the crowd to a frenzy when Diaz’s free kick set up forward Blas Perez for a header goal that brought the side’s aggregate (two game) deficit to 4-3.

As both teams frantically moved play back and forth on the soccer pitch, FC Dallas know it would need another goal to force a winner-take-all overtime session.

But it was the Timbers who hit the back of the net, drawing even for the match with a goal in the 95th minute, and winning the two-game series by an aggregate goal score of 5-3.

The remarkable and memorable 2015 FC Dallas campaign was highlighted by outstanding efforts by several individuals, including forward Fabian Castillo and midfielder Kellyn Acosta, each of whom earned accolades as the best in MLS under the age of 24. In addition, defender and team captain Matt Hedges and Coach Pareja were named finalists for Defender and Coach of the Year  honors, respectively.

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FC Dallas proudly celebrates its status as one of the 10 charter franchises of the MLS, having played at the iconic Cotton Bowl as the Dallas Burn from 1996-2004. Their best seasons since landing in Frisco included this 2015 campaign, 2006 when they won the Western Conference championship, and the 2010 squad that finished as runners-up to the Colorado Rapids for the MLS Cup title.

For more information about living in Frisco, please feel free to drop me a note at judiwright@ebby.com, or call me at (214) 597-2985. For home information in Frisco, Texas visit www.judiwright.com. Blog by Top Realtor Judi Wright with Ebby Halliday – The Judi Wright Team.

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