Tonight FCD plays their first home game of the Concacaf Champions League group stage against tiny Tauro FC from Panama. There's not really a lot that we know about these guys as they bring a complete unknown to Pizza Hut Park tonight.
Tauro actually has a pretty decent website with a neat flash into splash page. They come into this game tied for first place after 9 games in the Panamanian league but they dropped a result this past weekend to Chorrillo FC, a team some of you may remember from Dallas Cup.
Tauro are the current Panama 2010 Apertura winners and they have won 10 league championships dating back to their first in 1989.
The Bulls have a few players from Saturday's lineup who have had a swim through the Panamanian national team recently in defender Leonel Parrish and midfielder Marcos Sanchez while they are led at the back by a mainstay of the Panama back line in Luis Moreno(despite Wiki saying he plays for another team)
Keep reading for Tauro's history in Champions League
Tauro entered this year's Champions League at the group stage and have 1 point from two games having lost to Toronto FC 2-1 but holding Pumas to a 0-0 tie at home in their last game. I got to watch a good bit of that one and to be honest, they're not really a very good side offensively. Tauro rarely threatened the Pumas goal and defended for their lives towards the end, but held on to get the point.
Last year, in the 2010-2011 version of the Champions League, Tauro was knocked out at the preliminary stage, losing 4-2 against Hondurans Marathon.
2008-2009 was certainly the best year for the Panamanians, defeating Chivas USA 3-1 in the preliminary round and actually holding their own with 8 points in the group and defeating Santos Laguna though they didn't advance out of the group stage.
I expect Tauro to come to Frisco tonight and defend for their lives as they look to escape with a point. As I mentioned, from everything I've seen they really don't have a lot going forward, but are fairly composed at the back.