Team Profile: FC Dallas
Updated: Feb 23
Year founded: 1995.
First season in MLS: 1996 (as Dallas Burn).
Stadium: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX Honors: Supporters' Shield (2016), U.S. Open Cup (1997, 2016).
2023 highlights: Dallas open their season at home to Minnesota United on February 25th, and are again at Toyota Stadium in week two, when LA Galaxy stride into town. March includes their first two road trips, to Vancouver Whitecaps (March 11th) and defending champions LAFC (March 25th). June and July present some challenging games, as they host Nashville and LAFC either side of trips to Portland and Austin. Their annual 4th July game is against D.C. United at home. They are on the road for three entering and emerging from the Leagues Cup break, at Colorado, Seattle, and Philadelphia, but importantly five of their final eight games are all at home. They finish at LA Galaxy on October 21st.
Head Coach: Nico Esteves.
Players to watch: Jesús Ferreira, Paul Arriola, Sebastian Lletget, Alan Velasco.
Herbert Endeley (MLS SuperDraft signing)
Sebastien Ibeagha (free agent) Geovane Jesus (transfer from Cruzeiro)
Jesús Jiménez (trade from Toronto FC)
Sam Junqua (signing)
Amet Korça (transfer from HNK Gorica) José Mulato (transfer from Deportivo Cali) Nolan Norris (homegrown) Tarik Scott (homegrown)
Lucas Bartlett (option declined) Kalil ElMedkhar (option declined) Matt Hedges (option declined) Nicky Hernandez (option declined) Franco Jara (mutual contract termination) Eddie Munjoma (option declined) Nanu (option declined) Joshué Quiñónez (option declined) Beni Redžic (option declined) Thomas Roberts (option declined)
Brandon Servania (traded to Toronto FC)
2022 summary: FC Dallas bounced back from the bitter disappointment of the 2021, in which they finished a franchise-worst 11th in the Western Conference, to claim third spot. They only managed to score one more goal than the season before (48), but defensively were so much tighter. They gave up just 37 goals, as opposed to 56 in 2021. Only Philadelphia Union (26) gave up fewer goals in 2022 than Dallas. Jesús Ferreira came of age in 2022, leading the way with 18 goals - as many as he had managed since scoring on his debut in June of 2017. Paul Arriola (10) hit double digits in goals for the first time in six seasons in MLS. He coupled that with a team-high equaling seven assists. Alan Velasco played more than 600 fewer minutes, and still managed six goals and seven assists. Dallas started strong, suffering just one defeat in their opening 11 games. They hit a mid-season wobble, during which they managed one win in 10, before heading down the stretch with a 7-3-3 record. Facts and Stats: Ferreira's 18 goals last season included a first MLS career hat-trick, which came in the 4-1 home win over Portland Timbers on March 19th. His three goals came in a 10-minute first half spell. The 37 goals conceded by Dallas in 2022 were the fewest given up in a full season (excluding 2020) since they leaked just 28 in 2010, the year they reached MLS Cup, and when just 30 games were played in the regular season, as opposed to the 34 played since 2011.
Milestones in 2023: Dallas, with two more wins, will reach 350 all-time. Jesús Ferreira sits on 113 appearances, the exact same number as his dad, David. Jesús, though, has not made as many starts. David started 108 of his 113 appearances. His son has made 97 starts in 113 games but should swiftly reach triple digits in starts and surpass his dad's all-time MLS appearances. Sebastian Lletget is set for his first full season at Dallas and is 13 appearances away from 200 in MLS.