FC Dallas Opener and Blake’s First Article for ESPN Dallas

Last night FC Dallas fans treated their team to something that didn’t happen very often in 2010, a large crowd. The attendance of 20,045 dwarfed last year’s opening tally of 8,000.

The upsurge at the gate was due to two factors: Dallas’ successful 2010 season and an aggressive 2011 marketing campaign. Over at the USA10Kit, I detailed the additions to Dallas’ soccer culture. The club adopted a new slogan, pushed for more fan involvement through songs, and instituted a ‘March to the Match’ event (pictured above).

Ben and I actually debated the veracity of these changes in our most recent podcast. And while I was against the changes, the immediate results seem quite positive.

Unfortunately, the squad was unable to reward fans with a win. Dallas controlled much of the match, but a 56th minute red card to center back Brek Shea prevented Dallas from topping the Chicago Fire. The game ended in a  1-1 stalemate.

If you’d like to find out more about the match tactics, go peruse my ESPN Dallas article on the 3rd Degree, an FC Dallas blog. As is usual for our posts here at FFG, I included a formation diagram. But I forgot to put the image in a workable format (please don’t judge me). It should be fixed before the end of the day.

Gringos, you can wait a few hours for the image to get fixed, or head over there right now. Either way, you’ll find some interesting info on the two contrasting formations from last night’s match. And don’t forget to go to the USA10Kit if you’d like to read more about the soccer culture changes occurring at Pizza Hut Park.

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  1. robinoz0 says:

    nice article, though it’s too bad about that red card. all those fans deserved a win for coming out

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