FC Dallas' 2014 Season Is Already Looking Grim

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Full disclosure: I don't follow Major League Soccer, and I've never been to an FC Dallas game. The one and only time I've been to Frisco was when my future wife dragged me to IKEA.

So, when I say that the coming season doesn't look promising, I'm not passing judgment on the club's middling performance last season, or on new head coach Oscar Parejas, or on the less-than-spectacular roster of off-season signings. Nor am I simply repeating Big D Soccer's opinion that the team is "just adequate enough to field a competitive side that tries hard, but not much else."

Nope. I'm just saying that, when your ticket-selling pitch includes four players and none of them play for FC Dallas, it raises questions about your competitiveness.

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Z0RR0
Z0RR0

terrible waste of an article

ArchLobster
ArchLobster

The worst part of all this is that the uneducated troll quoting me doesn't understand that's how EVERY SINGLE MLS SIDE markets their team.

ArchLobster
ArchLobster

The best part is coach "Oscar Parejas". Yuk yuk yuk.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

So this season will be like every other season. I love my stupid, useless FCD anyway.

For the record, not having a coach in place while all the other teams were making trades and only getting one days before the draft is not really a recipe for success, if you want some actual football-related reasons that they're going to suck this year.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

I don't know which is worse....FC Frisco or the Arlington Cowboys.

p1s4soccertalk
p1s4soccertalk

I don't know much about you and I've never read one of your articles...

What's the point of even writing an article about FC Dallas that begins with "I don't follow Major League Soccer, and I've never been to an FC Dallas game"? Why not start it with "I don't know that much about this, and I don't really care, either"? How about actually educating yourself about a subject before spouting off ignorant opinions, or better yet, get someone who knows a thing or two about it to write the article so it will have a shred validity.

dtcrooke
dtcrooke

So you've never been to a game, quoted one sentence of an article and took that out of context, and you can't even spell the head coach's name correctly. What was the point of this drivel, and why is the Observer hiring imbeciles rather than contacting the club or soccer-related media in the area?


The team uses its players in 99% of marketing, this is a deal purely surrounding marquee players in MLS. "Come see World Cup, European Championship and Champions League winner Thierry Henry lead the New York Red Bulls against FC Dallas...Oh here's a photo of Blas Perez, because that drives home the point of advertising these specific games".

dallas_dude
dallas_dude

While the team isn't great, the experience at FC Dallas stadium is a pretty good one.  It is a family atmosphere, the tickets aren't expensive, PARKING IS FREE, and it's in a clean safe area.  I've been to 3 games.  I enjoyed it.  


I realize that it's not for everybody but a sport that is played by 4/5 human beings has to have some sort of appeal.


Not to mention it's in the spring/summer.  So it's either baseball (sssslllllooooowwwww) or FC Dallas.  I know for sure it's going to be less than 2 hours.  


And arlington is just as far to many people as frisco is to others.  I say give it a try.

roo_ster
roo_ster

Wait, there are people bored enough that they would pay money to watch soccer?

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Hmmm....A stadium 40 miles from the regions population center, nowhere near the primary soccer demographic (hispanics), and along a highly congested set of highways. Oh, and a team that sucks.....what could go wrong?

They should have stayed at the Cotton Bowl and had run of the place outside of 3-5 days a year. Much like you couldn't pay me to get screwed by the AT&T Deathstar's price gouging, you'll never get me to drive to Frisco to watch a bad team play a boring game.

Harposdog
Harposdog

@Z0RR0 Agreed.  DO, stick with what you know!  Let Jim S. write about local government corruption, keep a steady rotating cast of youthful interns who can write about music and art, and pony up whatever it costs to bring back Wilonsky (or at least get a piece of hair so you can clone him).

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@roo_ster people pay big money to go hit a little white ball down some grass, so what's your point, and they pay even bigger money to watch some other shmucks do it at overpriced courses

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@P1Gunter  "you'll never get me to drive to Frisco to watch a bad team play a boring game."  well then they aren't marketing to you anyhow, especially since you think the game is boring.  

dtcrooke
dtcrooke

@P1Gunter Why pay for the run of an over-sized stadium, when you can own a soccer-specific stadium and world class facilities for training and youth development? The city of Dallas didn't want to have FC Dallas or the Cowboys in Dallas, Frisco and Arlington did.

dingo
dingo

@P1Gunter  

More like 10 miles away from the target demographic soccer families in Denton County, North Dallas County,  and Collin County that will pay a reasonable amount to watch relatively good performances at a stadium custom built for soccer.

No, it is not quite the Houston downtown scene at BBVA Compass Stadium, but the Cotton Bowl would not guarantee those numbers/revenues either.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Soccer_attendance#2013_Season


The opposing team players are featured as an enticement to watch legitimate recent arrivals at a discount:


http://soccerly.com/article/soccerly/bradley-and-defoes-mls-impact

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Golf s an activity and/ or watching the best in the world.

Soccer us fun to play, but MLS is the soccer equivalent of a-ball in baseball. It's the minors, if the players are worth a damn they go to Europe and the asked up Euro players come here for one last pay day.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

The game itself is only boring because these are spare players. I enjoy the World Cup.

John1073
John1073

There are soccer leagues lower than MLS.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

@yesiwilliams@P1Gunter Ok, we can compare it to Asian baseball leagues or European basketball leagues if you prefer. The EPL is the ultimate soccer league in the world (much like the NBA and MLB are). Over the course of it's existence there have been what, a dozen MLS players that went over to play and succeed in the EPL? Similarly, for every Ichiro Suzuki, Yu Darvish, or Iwakuma there are hundreds if not thousands of Asian baseball players that will never sniff MLB. For every Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, or Vlade Divac there are hundreds if not thousands of Euro basketball players that will never sniff the NBA.


It's nothing to be ashamed of, it just is what it is. People for some reason can't wrap their head around the fact that in one major sport the American league is a low level league.


If you enjoy it, good for you. For me the lowest level of soccer I will watch are international friendlies. Otherwise I'll watch an occasional EPL game and just bide my time until the World Cup.

yesiwilliams
yesiwilliams

@P1Gunterthis is a ridiculous comment. you clearly know nothing about mls or the players in it.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@P1Gunter of course MLS in no EPL but its way better than it used to be.  And I rather watch an MLS match over some bottom half of the table La Liga or Serie A or Bundesliga match

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