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Familiar faces making their returns stand out from the 2020 FC Dallas schedule

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Familiar faces making their returns stand out from the 2020 FC Dallas schedule

FC Dallas announced their full 2020 season schedule on Wednesday. The 2020 season will be the club’s 25th season in Major League Soccer.

While there will be the same amount of 34 games on the schedule, one detail that stands out is that three teams from the Eastern Conference won’t face FCD this season: Atlanta United, New England Revolution, and Toronto FC. This is the result of MLS growing in number of teams, but not increasing the number of games in their regular season.

Here is a closer look at some of the most intriguing matches that will be held at Toyota Stadium.

Home Opener vs the Philadelphia Union – February 29th

FC Dallas’ season kicks off with their home opener against the Philadelphia Union. The atmosphere should be as ecstatic as any other opener held at Toyota Stadium. In their last five home openers, FCD has won three and drawn two while scoring a total of seven goals. This will be the second time in six years that the Union start their season on the road against Dallas.

Thierry Henry’s  first visit as a MLS coach (Montreal Impact) – March 7th

After retiring and leaving the New York Red Bulls in 2014,  Thierry Henry makes his return to MLS soccer five years later as the head coach of the Montreal Impact. Another reason for excitement for fans is they’ll see Maxi Urruti’s return to Dallas, and also Spaniard and former Barcelona player Bojan Krkic. During his time as a Red Bull player, he faced FCD a total of six times and found the back of the net twice.

LAFC’S lone visit to Frisco – April 4th

Last season’s Supporter Shield Champions will make their visit to Frisco early in April. In their two previous home matches against LAFC, FCD has not lost. As one of the highest profile teams in MLS, this will be one of the premiere games of the season in Frisco. LAFC will be a tough team to beat, but it won’t be impossible for the Texan side.

Texas Derby with the Houston Dynamo – May 16th

The first of two encounters against the hated Dynamo will kick off with a home match in mid-Mat. This game will be, as always, an entertaining game as they will dispute who keeps “El Capitan.” FCD has maintained an excellent record against Houston at home since they last lost a match in 2011. With six wins and three draws, FCD will be looking to increase Houston’s winless streak at Toyota Stadium.

Independence Day with the San Jose Earthquakes – July 4th

Another year with the Fourth of July celebration at Toyota Stadium as FCD. This year’s opponent will be Matias Almeyda and the San Jose Earthquakes. The Quakes prove to be a tough opponent when visiting the DFW area. FCD will be seeking to end that winless run against the Cali side following their three-year drought. This year can be the year that could mark the positive run to end that streak against the Quakes. It will be an exciting match to follow and watch it unfold. After 90 minutes are up, be sure to stay and enjoy the traditional post-match firework show.

LA Galaxy- July 11th

Another premiere game on the home slate has the Los Angeles Galaxy coming to Frisco later this summer. The Galaxy’s roster is filled with great players who fans are eager to come see each . Unfortunately, Zlatan Ibrahimovic moving on from MLS this past offseason reduces the star count by one. Facing the Galaxy at home always brings out the best from FC Dallas as they’ve had a winning record against the Galaxy in their last ten matches at Toyota Stadium.

Papi’s return with Orlando City – July 18th

Oscar Pareja makes his return to the place that saw him grow as a player and a coach for the first time since leaving the FCD organization after the 2018 season. Ever since he left, he has made a return to North Texas in a friendly match with his Mexican team Xolos de Tijuana, which ended in a scoreless draw. Orlando, in their short history against FCD, has only beaten the Texan side once.

The upcoming 2020 season will fill up with exciting matches throughout the year. Fans should be excited about this schedule and could make their way to see FCD seek out wins and gain some ground high up in the Western Conference.

Credentialed Media Reporter covering FC Dallas and Dallas Sidekicks. Richland College Student with a Broadcast Media Associates Degree.

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