Stepping Down From Big D

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

When I decided to start Big D Soccer over 30 months ago, I wasn't really sure where I was going with things, but I had some time on my hands and a lot of drive to make a site where FCD fans could go to discuss the team that I love. After talking with Wes Cox(an FCD fan and former leader of Mavs Moneyball), I approached Steve Davis who used to work with SB Nation, even before I started Big D Soccer with the idea of being the FCD blog on SBN and on October 25 we moved over here.

There's been a Western Conference Championship, the first MLS team to win in Mexico, and one of the saddest moments in all of our lives.

Through over 1,500 posts, hundreds of thousands of words and almost a million page views, I can say that Big D Soccer is the proudest thing I've done in my life. But it's not about me. It's about the hundreds of people that have joined the site over the past 2+ years to give their views on the team that we all love and make this site the premier place to go and talk FCD with a bunch of other like-minded fans. I could write 5,000 words of Shakespearean-level prose on the team and it wouldn't give me half as much pride as seeing 50 comments from people professing their joy over winning the cannon back from Houston.

At one point this site was simply about breaking news and analysis. I (and Drew and Steve and Alfredo) talked and you listened. Not anymore. It's now about so much more. It's a community. There's seven writers and dozens of more people giving their insightful analysis every day...and maybe a discussion about horses and ducks or something.

I say all this because Saturday was my last home game as the FCD beat writer and I'm going to be stepping away from Big D Soccer. An incredible opportunity has opened up at FC Dallas and the club has offered me a position on the digital team working for Scott Brown, someone who has been a friend and colleague for the past couple years.

I'm extremely excited to see what kind of things Scott and I can accomplish working together full time and I can tell you guys this is going to be a great move for everyone involved. There's literally dozens of people I'd love to thank, but the three I really want to mention are Leigh Anne Gullett and Jason Minnick who gave a dude with a little talent and a lot of passion unlimited access to the team and Drew Epperley who has helped me so much with this site.

Don't anyone worry, I'll still be around (I'll let ya'll try and guess who I am) and this site is in the good hands of six extremely talented writers. This thing is about community and it is what you make of it so keep the conversation going and I'm thrilled to be able to bring ya'll the stories of this team as we work towards that first trophy in 15 years.

See you guys in Frisco.

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