Last month your Texas Rangers finally made it to baseball's World Series. Hasn't been quite as long of a wait, but FC Dallas is at last in soccer's MLS Cup.
With a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy Sunday night, FC Dallas won Major League Soccer's Western Conference and earned a spot in Sunday's MLS championship game against the Colorado Rapids in Toronto.
FC Dallas - born and raised as the Dallas Burn - is the last of of the MLS' inaugural class of 1996 to make the final.
Far as I know, not a lot was expected from FC Dallas this season. Gone are the days of semi-stars like Eddie Johnson and Kenny Cooper, replaced by a spunky goalie named Kevin Hartman (who made four spectacular saves in last night's first half) and an MVP candidate named David Ferreira (who scored the first goal).
To get to the MLS Cup, FC Dallas had to beat a team featuring Landon Donovan and David Beckham. And now - if maybe only for a brief moment - they'll put soccer back on the map in North Texas.
There was a time when Dallas Tornado and Kyle Rote, Jr. games were a big deal around here. And in the '90s I actually attended a championship parade around Reunion Arena for the indoor soccer Dallas Sidekicks and Tatu. Youth soccer is huge here, but at some point most kids grow out of futbol and into, well, football.
The last major metroplex pro sports team to raise a trophy was the Dallas Stars in 1999. That could change Sunday night in Canada.
We do consider soccer a real sport, right?
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