This past summer, thanks in large part to the contagiously fun success of the U.S. Men's National Team during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, massive amounts of American's either became new fans of soccer, or reignited a long lost love of the beautiful game. But to anyone paying close attention, soccer, as has been discussed for decades, has officially "made it" here stateside. And the World Cup only had a partial role in Soccer's ascendency into the prime-time of North American spectator sports.
Major League Soccer, or MLS as it's more commonly referred to, begins its 20th season today, and our local crew, F.C. Dallas - a charter club of MLS which began as the Cotton Bowl-based Dallas Burn - will open its season tomorrow in Frisco when it hosts the revamped San Jose Earthquakes in Toyota Stadium. Before record crowds in 2014, where attendance averaged over 16,800 per game (the Dallas Stars hockey team failed to average even 16,000 per game, by the way), the club, managed by former Dallas Burn/F.C. Dallas Midfielder Oscar Pareja of Colombia made it to the second round of the playoffs, losing to the Seattle Sounders, featuring Clint Dempsey, the U.S. National Team Captain and World Cup goal-scorer.
Now is the time, Dallas-dweller, to get in on the F.C. Dallas fun, if you haven't already. This team, and the still-emerging league, will be well worth your sports-viewing time and money. Here are the Top Five Reasons to Root for F.C. Dallas in 2015.More »