What the signing of Petar Musa means for FC Dallas
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by Sam Nabors
2w ago
After weeks of rumors and reports, FC Dallas finalized the signing of Croatian forward Petar Musa on February 1st, completing a club record transaction for the Burn. This week, let’s look at what this signing means for FCD going forward. Let’s get this out of the way first, this is the biggest signing in the history of the club. Petar Musa isn’t the highest profile player to ever put on an FC Dallas or Dallas Burn jersey, that title will probably always belong to the legendary Hugo Sanchez who was a part of the Burn’s inaugural season, but Musa is an utterly massive signing. The reported fee o ..read more
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Three takeaways from FC Dallas’ 1-0 preseason win over Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami
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by Sam Nabors
1M ago
The Burn returned to the Cotton Bowl for their first preseason test of 2024, with Lionel Messi and Inter Miami bringing their world tour to Dallas. Let’s look at three takeaways from FCD’s preseason opening victory. 1) The 3-4-3 For most of Nico Estevez’s tenure as manager, FC Dallas has played in a 4-3-3, with occasional shifts to a 4-4-2 or 3-4-3, mostly during games, with the back 3 typically looking more like a back 5 and used to help close out games that Dallas is leading late. But in this game, Dallas played out of the 3-4-3 for the entire game, sticking with it even after multiple round ..read more
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Thoughts on FC Dallas’ offseason acquisitions so far
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by Sam Nabors
1M ago
With the turn of the calendar over to a new year, we are just a few short weeks away from the start of MLS training camps. There is still plenty of offseason left to go, but this week we’ll look at what FC Dallas has done so far in acquiring players ahead of the 2024 season. Enes Sali The first signing of the offseason was one that was originally rumored during the season itself, with FCD signing the Romanian international shortly after the season ended. Sali is just 17 years old but already has well over 50 professional appearances in Romania under his belt. Born in Canada, he spent time in B ..read more
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Reacting to the 2024 FC Dallas schedule
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by Sam Nabors
2M ago
The 2024 MLS schedule was released on Wednesday, setting the stage for the upcoming season. This week, let’s look at a few things that stick out in FCD’s 2024 slate of games. No Messi this year Sorry to all the folks counting on another trip to Frisco for Lionel Messi, not happening this year. With the limited cross-conference schedule, Messi and Miami will only travel to three western conference teams in 2024 – LA Galaxy, Sporting KC and Vancouver. There’s still some limited hope for a rematch in Leagues Cup or the Open Cup (well, maybe we’ll see about that…) or maybe an MLS Cup Final but not ..read more
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Five players FC Dallas should target in free agency and the re-entry draft
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by Sam Nabors
2M ago
The MLS offseason is in full swing and the league has released the lists of players eligible for free agency and the upcoming re-entry drafts. This week, let’s look at five players FC Dallas should look at going after on these lists. Teenage Hadebe, Center Back – Re-Entry Draft Yes, a former Houston player. Hadebe was deemed surplus to requirements by Ben Olsen after missing a chunk of 2023 due to injury and losing his starting job in Houston. The negatives: he’s on a high salary, over $1.3 million guaranteed in 2023, so there’s either a DP spot or a significant buy down needed there and he ta ..read more
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Thoughts on FC Dallas’ Year End Roster Decisions
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by Sam Nabors
2M ago
FC Dallas published their year end roster decisions on Thursday. This week, I’ll share some thoughts on those decisions and how the team is shaping up for 2024. Options Exercised: Asier Illaramendi, Liam Fraser, Sam Junqua, Tsiki Ntsabeleng, Herbert Endeley Three pretty obvious decisions here along with a couple of unexpected but pleasant surprises. The class that Illarra showed in his less than half a season with the club made him the most obvious decision of all the contract options. He will be a core part of the team in 2024. Liam Fraser and Sam Junqua both provide dependable and quality de ..read more
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FC Dallas 2023 Season Grades: Midfielders and Forwards
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by Sam Nabors
3M ago
The 2023 season for FC Dallas has come to a close and now the offseason is underway. We’ll kick off the offseason by looking back at the season and grading each player on the team. This week, we’ll look at the midfielders and forwards. Midfielders Asier Illarramendi – A One word describes the former Real Sociedad and Real Madrid man: class. I’ve been watching FC Dallas regularly since 2014 and Illarra is the most talented and skillful player I’ve seen play for the Burn. Looking back through the history of the team, he has to rank, at least, in the top 5 of most skillful players to wear the shi ..read more
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FC Dallas 2023 Season Grades: Defense
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by Sam Nabors
3M ago
The 2023 season for FC Dallas has come to a close and now the offseason is underway. We’ll kick off the offseason by looking back at the season and grading each player on the team. This week, we’ll start with the goalkeepers and defenders. Goalkeepers Maarten Paes – A The Dutch goalkeeper was one of the best shot stoppers in MLS in 2023 and has a strong case for being the team MVP. Pretty much every game it seemed like Paes made a massive save to either preserve a lead, draw or keep Dallas in games. Dallas did not concede a lot of chances in 2023 but Paes’ ability to make big saves in big mome ..read more
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Three stats that tell the story of FC Dallas’ game 2 win over Seattle
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by Sam Nabors
3M ago
FC Dallas pulled off a big win at home on Saturday night to force a decisive third game in Seattle on Friday. This week, let’s look at three stats that tell the story of the big Burn win. 1) 3 shots on target, 3 goals Going back to 2022, Nico Estevez’s FC Dallas is not a high chance generation team, but, when they’re at their best, they generate very high quality chances and are very efficient in their ability to finish these chances. They were at the extreme end of this against the Sounders, only generating 3 shots on target in the 90 minutes but scoring on all three. They only had 8 shots in ..read more
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TOCA and FC Dallas Youth Announce Player Development Partnership
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by DALSportsNation
4M ago
TOCA, the world’s leading tech-enabled soccer experiences company and largest operator of indoor soccer training centers in North America, today announced a partnership with the FC Dallas Youth Soccer Club to develop the next generation of soccer players. Photo: FC Dallas As part of this multi-year deal, TOCA will install its proprietary training technology in the UMB Bank Performance Center, home to FC Dallas Youth, in Frisco, Texas. The technology will be used for professional player development and on-site evaluation for youth players. The partners will also co-develop team training program ..read more
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