The FC Dallas is a professional American soccer team situated in the Dallas area of Frisco, Texas. The Dallas competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) and was previously known as the Dallas Burn, which was later renamed as the FC Dallas following the 2005 MLS season.
Established in the year 1996, the Dallas Burn is one of the 10 charter clubs in the Major League Soccer (MLS). The club had its first game played on April 14, 1996 at the Cotton Bowl, which gathered a total front crowd of 27,779 spectators.
The first game of the club was a victory against the San Jose Clash. The Dallas Burn was once considered as one of the league’s best teams with the help of head coach Dave Dir and Jason Kreis during its early years.
The club had used a mid-season five-game winning streaks and had earned its first playoff victory with a winning record of 17-15. However, the Burn lost against the Kansas City Wiz in three games the following season. Although they started the season like a roller coaster of success and disappointments, the Burn was still able to get in the playoffs during the last minute of the season, with a 4-game winning streaks.
In addition, the club also won against the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Colorado Rapids. For the record, the Burn achieved its first and only US Open Cup victory against the league’s Cup champion D.C United.
The Dallas Burn underwent a mid-season struggle in the 2000 season, putting up a losing record of 15-17. The club had been qualified for the playoff, but was beaten by the Los Angeles Galaxy on the first round. At the last minute of the season, Dave Dir was replaced by the club’s new head coach Mike Jeffries.
Late in 2002, Mike Jeffries was replaced by Collin Clarke, along with the club’s failing record of 6-19-5, which caused the club to have missed their playoffs for the first time.
In their whole MLS career, the club has had numbers of shifts in head coaches, especially during the early 2000s. In 2005, the Dallas Burn became the FC Dallas along with the acquisition of Carlo Ruiz, the 2005 season for the FC Dallas had turned out really successful with only two losses out of 17 games.
On August 6, 2005, the team played against the Metrostars at the Pizza Hut Park, with a tied score of 2-2. Although they started the year’s season with victories, the club struggled in the mid-season and underwent a six-game losing streaks. The following seasons with the FC Dallas were covered with a mixed success and failures.
The FC Dallas plays its home games at the Toyota Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium with a carrying capacity of 20,295. The club is currently owned by one of the league’s investors Clark Hunt, who is also the owner of the National Football League’s (NFL) Kansas City Chiefs.
On January 10, 2014, the club hired Oscar Pareja (former player of the club) as the new head coach after the departure of Schellas Hyndman, who was the club’s 2013 head coach.