Best of Big D Soccer 2013: Preseason - April

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Taking a look back at our top stories from 2013.

As we head into the holidays, it seemed like a good time to reflect on what an amazing year it has been on this place. You all have helped us take Big D Soccer to new heights that we didn't know were possible going into 2013.

We kicked off January with a bang, new updates to the layout here at the SB Nation network helped really open things up for what we could do. Shortly after that, we were finding out small updates on Moises Hernandez, Ugo Ihemelu and Julian de Guzman.

In early January, FC Dallas had a new assistant coach and were scouting the SuperDraft.

Before the draft, the club signed two defenders as London Woodberry finished his Homegrown deal with the team and Re-Entry Draft selection Stephen Keel made things official. Right after that happened, the 2013 schedule (finally) came out.

Then we got Raul Fernandez.

By mid-January it was all about the SuperDraft. Who we thought FCD would take, who FCD actually took and then some.

Right after the SuperDraft, it was all about the Brek Shea saga to Stoke City. First it was on, then off, then back on again, then official.

By February, the club was already in pre-season mode. Schellas Hyndman said a few words, the club went after Eric Hassli, along with Kenny Cooper, then Ramon Nunez, all before heading to Mexico.

At the end of February, the club ended its saga with former CEO Doug Quinn, inked a deal with Time Warner Cable, and we rehashed some thoughts from the team's trip to Portland.

March finally rolled around, the club came out of the gate with a big win over Colorado in the season opener. The team would stumble at Chivas in Week 2 before returning home for a big showdown with their Texas rivals in Week 3.

Dallas would 'crush the Orange' in Week 3, thanks to a late last-second goal from Cooper.


In late March, the club officially added Nunez and their 10th Homegrown in keeper Jesse Gonzalez.

Week 4 saw the club down RSL at home, 2-0. The win helped put FCD on the top of the Western Conference going into April.

As spring began to hit it's full stride, so did FC Dallas. Towards the end of March, we pondered where more FCD fans might come from. In Week 5, the club went on the road and downed New England 1-0, thanks to a late Blas Perez goal.

Week 6 was a different story in Toronto, as FCD gave away points in a 2-2 draw. We questioned that draw as well.

In Week 7, the club was home again and saw a big win over LA, 1-0. But some bottles were thrown. We also wondered what it would take to keep Zach Loyd.

Week 8 saw FCD extend their unbeaten run to six games with a win over Vancouver. During that time we found out that the club was taking language courses together to improve chemistry.

In late April, we learned that FCD would be hosting Stoke City for a summer friendly.

FCD would end the month in Vancouver with a 2-2 draw. We tried to figure out what led to the meltdown.

Check back for more from 2013...up next is May through August.

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