FC Dallas finished the 2013 season with very little to look forward to for the 2014 season. Let us recap for a few and figure out where we left off and what we have now. Before we dive into this topic keep in mind that the MLS for 2014 has all of a sudden seen an increase in Ã¢â‚¬Å“StarÃ¢â‚¬Â power. Bottom dwelling teams are all of a sudden becoming threats and then you have top tier teams not making many moves.
Ã‚Â FC Dallas started off the 2013 season with high hopes and they were playing with a bit of a spark. There was beautiful play making, amazing skill on the ball, and team spirit that resembled the 2010 Conference Champion team. The roster was one that the majority of the coaches in MLS would drool over and would have loved to coach. Then it happened, FC Dallas went into the crucial months of the season and began to lose steam. They lost so much steam that the team spirit fell apart and leaders of the team couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be heard anymore. Ã‚Â With the team in dire need of points to even come close to making playoffs they started to show a destructive side. So destructive that some teammates displayed their aggression towards each other on the field in front of fans during a game or two. FC DallasÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ front office took notice and knew it was time for a big change. The fans had had enough of broken promises and grew tired of the echo of Ã¢â‚¬Å“team characterÃ¢â‚¬Â. The fans wanted more and were very vocal about it.
The last couple of home games were rough to consume due to scuffles between David Ferreira and Jackson, verbal confrontations between Ramon Nunez and teammates over a penalty kick, and a coach in Schellas Hyndman that just couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get it together. The fans chanted, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fire SchellasÃ¢â‚¬Â at the end of one game to make a point that they were fed up. Ã‚Â Schellas Hyndman announced he would be stepping down as the gaffer at the end of the season and apologized to the fans and club for a sub par season. The big question being asked was, Ã¢â‚¬Å“WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s next for FC Dallas?Ã¢â‚¬Â Would they be able to draw in a quality coach that believed in the Hunt Group vision? Were they going to hold onto a dying dream that David Ferreira was going to be an MVP player again? Was the club going to be able to bounce back from a season that brought out the worst in some players?
FC Dallas started off by releasing Ramon Nunez, 2010 MVP David Ferreira, fan favorite Kenny Cooper, Jackson, and Erick. They did all this without appointing a head coach, but that didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stop them from making moves. They picked up Adam Moffat from the Seattle Sounders. but most know him from his days with arch rival, the Houston Dynamo. Other than the move for Moffat, FC Dallas hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t made any other big player moves. They did, however, land a big fish for a head coach. Ã‚Â The new coach for FC Dallas will be former player and assistant coach, Oscar Pareja. Oscar spent 14 years collectively with the club and is back from Colorado where he spent 2 years as head coach. FC Dallas will be OscarÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 2ndÃ‚Â head coaching job in the MLS and the clubs 7thhead coach. Pareja transformed the Colorado Rapids program into one of the best young teams in the MLS in only 2 seasons. Can you imagine what he will do with a club that he has practically helped form?
This season should be an exciting one with players like Raul Fernandez, Ã‚Â George John, Matt Hedges, Michel, Eric Hassli, young gun Kellyn Acosta, Blas Perez, Mauro Ã¢â‚¬Å“The MagicianÃ¢â‚¬Â Diaz, and Zach Loyd all returning. LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not forget that Vice President Dan Hunt has stated theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re on the prowl for Ã¢â‚¬Å“Michael BradleyÃ¢â‚¬Â caliber players. So hopefully this means FC Dallas will FINALLY make a huge signing and bring in a Designated Player. Could we see USMNT player Jermaine Jones in Hoops this season? LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s get this season started and see what the soccer Gods grant us this yearÃ¢â‚¬Â¦