Another season of FC Dallas soccer begins Feb. 26 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, where Toronto FC will pay our boys in blue a visit. With last season’s 11th-place finish in the Western Conference in the rearview, Dallas looks to turn it around in 2022. Here are three reasons we’ll be watching closely as the season gets underway.
FC Dallas made a splash via trade this offseason, acquiring winger Paul Arriola from the D.C. United and then locking him up on a new four-year deal. Dallas also bolstered its squad via the January MLS SuperDraft, in which they selected Saint Louis University winger Isaiah Parker third overall and St. John’s University defender Lucas Bartlett with the sixth pick. They grabbed Tsiki Ntsabeleng later in the first round and added three more players in the second round.
A New Coach
Former U.S. men’s national team assistant coach Nico Estevez took over as FC Dallas’ head coach in December. He has more than two decades of coaching experience at a variety of levels. He’ll be looking to lead Dallas back to the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
Part of the fun of FC Dallas matches is the rivalry games – and the 2022 schedule delivers with the Texas Derby showdowns against the Houston Dynamo. The Texas teams battle it out every year for El Capitan, a Civil War era cannon. This year, they’ll face each at Toyota Stadium on April 23 and then again at PNC Stadium in Houston on July 9. Another fun match to check out is a July 13 visit from the reigning MLS Cup champions, New York City FC.
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