During a recent FC Dallas professional soccer match against Real Salt Lake (from Utah) at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, the near capacity crowd came to a dramatic hush as FC Dallas forward and 2014 AT&T Major League Soccer (MLS) Rookie of the Year Tesho Akindele prepared to take a penalty kick. The opposing goalkeeper also readied himself for soccer’s ultimate one-on-one showdown during the 50th minute of a scoreless encounter.
The spectators held their collective breaths as Akindele slowly approached the ball and swung his right foot early in the second half. The 23-year old forward from Alberta, Canada smoothly blasted the sphere into the gaping lefthand side of the soccer goal as the ‘keeper guessed wrong and dove toward the other corner.
More than 18,000 soccer fans and youth players exploded in jubilation. Dressed in FC Dallas colors red, white, silver, and blue, the spectators excitedly high-fived and hugged one another in a spontaneous display of hometown joy and pride to celebrate the 1-0 lead in a game that FC Dallas dominated.
The team’s leading scorer, Cali, Colombia native Fabian Castillo, added a late goal in a 2-0 victory that strengthened their playoff position in the league’s Western Conference. Castillo has an innate ability to bring the fans out of their seats with length-of-the-field dribbling, passing and shooting.
Top Frisco Realtor Judi Wright is pleased to provide you with information about this exciting, entertaining sports attraction in our city that will appeal to every member of your family and circle of friends.
Soccer is a very passionate game for players and the fans who watch them. Every match, like this one, is punctuated by frequent waves of emotion displayed by players and the crowd. This mixture of color and sound is reminiscent of a carnival atmosphere. Fans in various sections of the stadium (midfield, in the corners, and behind the goal) spontaneously break out in song, including a catchy rendition of Deep in the Heart of Texas on this late summer evening.
FC Dallas has called Frisco and the 21,193-seat Toyota Stadium (previously referred to as Pizza Hut Park and FC Dallas Stadium) near Main Street and the Dallas North Tollway their home since moving here in 2005, and the franchise has built up a strong, energetic and loyal following. Tickets are priced between $24 and $90, with promotions and group outings making it even more economical for individuals, couples and families. In fact, a growing number of spectators – undoubtedly pleased that FCD offers free parking – have made pre-game tailgating in the adjacent lots a culinary and artistic art form.
FC Dallas is one of a growing lineup of professional sports franchises that call Frisco home, a tremendous attribute for our growing city. The Texas Rangers’ Class AA minor league affiliate Frisco RoughRiders play a very entertaining brand of baseball before large crowds at Dr. Pepper Ballpark near SH 121 and the Tollway. The National Basketball Association’s Dallas Mavericks’ Development League Texas Legends dribble, pass and shoot at Dr. Pepper Arena on Gaylord Parkway between the Tollway and Parkwood Boulevard. And the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars make their headquarters right next door.
Within the next few months, the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys will finish construction on and move into their $350 million, 91-acre Star in Frisco headquarters at Warren Parkway and the Tollway.
Before the Cowboys arrive, FC Dallas hopes to clinch a post-season playoff berth. Nine games remain on their regular season schedule, including four at Toyota Stadium – Saturday, September 12 vs. NY City FC; Sunday, October 4 vs. Houston; Wednesday, October 14 vs. Vancouver; and Sunday, October 25 vs. San Jose.
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 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.
Top Frisco Realtor Judi Wright invites you to contact FC Dallas at www.fcdallas.com or (469) 365-0000 for information on tickets to these crucial, fun-filled matches, playoff ticket availability and season tickets for the 2016 MLS season. Please feel free to Email Ms. Wright at email@example.com or call her at (214) 597-2985 if you are in the market for a new home or selling your current property.
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