It’s late notice for many, even the local media, but hopefully everyone will get caught up.
They have flown under the radar. Unless you are among the faithful FC Dallas or MLS followers or residents of Frisco, Texas, in suburban Dallas, you didn’t know this club has played relentless soccer all season on the road or home at Pizza Hut Park. Their 12-4-11 record has spoken. On the heels of the Texas Rangers’ surprising but unsuccessful run at a World Series title, FC Dallas can bring one to Dallas-Fort Worth if they can beat the Colorado Rapids in the MLS cup 2010 title game from BMO Field in Toronto, Canada, this Sunday, November 21.
Here’s a bit of FC Dallas 101 and a look at how the team was driven from Texas to Canada…
Home grown: FC Dallas has a roster full of talent with local or Texas ties. Third year Coach Schellas Hyndman is the 2010 MLS coach of the year who spent over 20 years at Southern Methodist University (SMU), as well as several players are all from Texas. Six players are from the DFW area. That’s home cookin’.
Streaking: FCD boasts a franchise record 19 game winning streak which includes 12 consecutive wins in front of the home crowd. They only had four losses in 30 games.
Kicking through the playoffs: FCD finished third in the West behind first and second place Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake, respectively. The standings didn’t matter as it was a first round win against Salt Lake following a 1-1 draw that fell in FCD’s favor. Then, after an 11 year absence, it was on to the Western Conference Championship game to face the Los Angeles Galaxy. David Beckham was not an issue. Thanks to goals from David Ferreira, George John and Marvin Chavez, FCD kicked a 3-0 shut-out against the Galaxy on November 14.
Now FCD will play for all the marbles, err, the Cup, for the first time in team history. But in case you won’t be able to see them kick for it in Canada…
MLS Cup 2010 Watch parties: FC Dallas suggests some Irish pub bars in the DFW metroplex, so there will be plenty of places to catch the game if you opt for watching it with a crowd and not home alone. The Londoner has three locations in Addison, Dallas and Frisco; Lochrann’s has one in Frisco; Denton’s Lucky Lou’s; The Ginger Man located in Dallas, Plano and Fort Worth; Trinity Hall Irish Pub & Grill in Dallas; Ringo’s Pub in Plano.
Or, show up at the biggest watch party at Pizza Hut Park Stadium Club. Visit the FC Dallas’ website for more details when doors open, and for directions and hours for all locations hosting watch parties.
For those who do choose to stay home the MLS Cup will be televised on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. eastern.