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Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. FC Dallas
Vancouver, BC @ BC Place Stadium
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On April 14, 1996, the Dallas Burn defeated the San Jose Clash in a shootout win in front of a crowd of 27,779 fans at the Cotton Bowl. The Burn with Jason Kreis and coach Dave Dir, would become one of MLS's better teams as they used a midseason 5-game winning streak to earn their first playoff berth with a record of 17–15. In the playoffs, the Burn would be defeated by the Kansas City Wiz in three games. The Burn started the season with mixed results. Late in the season they used a 4-game winning streak to make the playoffs. They ended their season with a .500 record of 16–16. In the playoffs, the Burn defeated and swept the Los Angeles Galaxy without conceding a goal. But in the next round, they would be defeated by the Colorado Rapids. The Burn would win the US Open Cup by defeating the MLS Cup Champion D.C. United.
In their third season, at the start in the middle of the season the Burn would struggle. Despite a poor record of 15–17, the Burn would qualify for their third straight playoff berth. In the playoffs, the Los Angeles Galaxy swept and defeated the Burn in the first round. By June 1999, the Burn were in the middle of the pack of the Western Conference standings with a record of 5–5. With Jason Kreis' breakout year, the burn would climb to second place at the end of the season with a record of 19–13. In the playoffs, the Burn defeated the defending champions Chicago Fire. In the Western Conference Final, they would be defeated by the Los Angeles Galaxy and eliminated.
After coming within one game of MLS Cup, the Burn were ready to start the season with the cup in mind. The club started the season well, but in the middle of the spring and summer, they were struggling and made the playoffs third in the realigned Central Division and the 6th seed in the league standings with a record of 14–14–6. In the playoffs, the Burn seem to struggle again as the MetroStars swept them in two games. At the end of the season, coach Dave Dir would be terminated and replaced by Mike Jeffries. In their first season under Mike Jeffries in 2001, the Burn would continue to play mediocre soccer and finish the season 10–11–5 after the final weekend was cut short as a result of the September 11 attacks. In the playoffs as the 7th seed team, the Burn would disappoint again, as they lost in three games to the Chicago Fire.
The Burn had a much better season from start to finish in 2002. Jason Kreis would continue to lead the club as they finished with a 12–9–7 record, their best in three years and they earned the 5th seed in the playoffs. In the playoffs, the Colorado Rapids defeated the Burn on a series-tiebreaking goal by Mark Chung in game 3. The Burn started 2003 playing in Southlake, Texas in Dragon Stadium. The Burn would struggle and suffer through a rough season. Mike Jeffries was fired in September and replaced by Colin Clarke as the Burn finished the season with a record of 6–19–5, missing the playoffs for the first time in club history.
2004 saw a one-year return to the Cotton Bowl, and the team's final year being known as the "Dallas Burn", the club would carry over some of their frustrations from the previous year. By late July, the Burn would be back in the playoff run, but it would not be enough as they again missed the playoffs for the second year with a disappointing 10–14–6 season. In August, club owner Lamar Hunt announced that the club in 2005 would be rebranded and would be known as "FC Dallas" to coincide with their new soccer specific stadium in Frisco, Texas.
With the acquisition of Carlos Ruiz, FC Dallas would have a great start to the 2005 season, losing only two of their first 17 games. On August 6, FC Dallas played their inaugural game at Pizza Hut Park and tied the MetroStars, 2–2. Mid season the club started to struggle and they went on a six-game winless streak. As the playoffs neared they went on a three game winning streak. That streak helped them into the playoffs as the second seed in the West with a record of 13–10–9. Against the Colorado Rapids in the playoffs, the teams would play a scoreless first game. After playing to a 1–1 tie in regulation time, the two teams were level again, 2–2, after the first overtime. In the shootout, the Rapids outscored and defeated FC Dallas, 5–4 on penalties.
FC Dallas again started the 2006 season well. In their first full season at Pizza Hut Park, Carlos Ruiz led the season with 13 goals, helping his team to a 16–12–4 record and the top seed in the Western Conference. In the playoffs, they struggled as they were again were defeated in penalties by the Colorado Rapids. FC Dallas were on the top spot in the Western Conference for much of the first half of 2007, winning 6 of their first 10 matches. In the second half of the season, though, FC Dallas started to struggle and were in a decline, as they only won 5 games after the All-Star break, going into postseason with a record of 13–12–5, for third in the Western Conference. In the playoffs, FC Dallas lost 4–2 on aggregate to Houston Dynamo.
FC Dallas, stumbled from the start of the 2008 season, and slipped to the bottom of the Western Conference standings, which led to the firing of Coach Steve Morrow. The club hired Schellas Hyndman to replace Steve Morrow, they would showed some signs of improvement, but they would never recover as they missed the playoffs, while finishing in fifth place with a record of 8–10–12. They missed the playoffs again in 2009 and their record was mediocre at best (11–13–6). FC Dallas was despicable on the road, losing 10 games, 3rd worst in MLS. The club was 1st in goals in favor, but 2nd to last in goals against. The team played well, but that more often than not did not translate into wins.
FC Dallas had one of the most consistent seasons in 2010, losing just four games while advancing all the way to the MLS Cup championship. Midfielder David Ferreira entered the season as a relative unknown, but ended the season as the league's MVP. Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman was a knee injury away from goalkeeper of the year and coach Schellas Hyndman, after a couple challenging seasons as head coach, won MLS coach of the year. In the Playoffs, FC Dallas advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the second time, and defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 3–0 at the Home Depot Center, thus advancing to its first MLS Cup final against the Colorado Rapids. FC Dallas lost the match by a score of 2–1, after overtime.
The 2011 campaign saw reigning MVP David Ferreira go down with an ankle injury, in a 2–1 victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Despite the loss, FC Dallas continued to have much success. Brek Shea led the way and took over the scoring load left behind by David Ferreira. FC Dallas was the first team in the 2011 MLS season to reach 10 wins. The 2011 MLS Season also saw FC Dallas advance past the third round of the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 3–2 victory over Orlando City S.C. with the victory FC Dallas advanced to the quarterfinals where they beat Real Salt Lake 2–0. On August 17, FC Dallas became the first MLS club to defeat a Mexican team in Mexico, beating UNAM 1–0 in the CONCACAF Champions League. FC Dallas saw their 2011 season come to an end when they lost to the New York Red Bulls in a wild-card playoff match.
FC Dallas started the 2012 MLS season with a 2-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas stadium, the two goals came from Zach Loyd and Ricardo Villar respectively.