Arguably the most exciting aspect of the 2011 season, before it started, was the promise of Champions League soccer in Frisco for the first time in team history. After getting through a tricky qualifying round stage against Alianza of El Salvador, Dallas was drawn in a group with Mexican champions UNAM Pumas, Toronto FC and Tauro FC setting up a showcase trip down to Mexico City in the first group stage match.
Playing against what was a team of mostly reserves and youth players, the FC Dallas starters defeated Pumas 1-0 down, sparking wild celebrations on the blog. A second half Marvin Chavez goal held up due to some heroics from Kevin Hartman in goal and an all around solid team effort.
With the win, FCD became the first Major League Soccer team in history to win a competitive game down in Mexico, and just in time as Seattle Sounders would win in Monterrey the next matchday. It also continued Dallas' remarkable start to CCL play with three straight 1-0 shutout victories.
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