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Friendlies and FC Dallas, A Look Back

A stroll down memory lane as Stoke City is set to become the first English team to take on FC Dallas.

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Saturday night in Frisco some history will be made for FC Dallas as they are set to host their first English Premier League team, Stoke City.

Over the years FC Dallas has hosted many foreign clubs, mostly those out of Mexico and Brazil. Stoke will be the second European based club to come to North Texas. Back in 2010, Dallas hosted Italian giants Inter Milan.

Here is a quick look back at the friendlies FC Dallas has hosted over the years.

* For this article I am not including ANY SuperLiga or CONCACAF Champions Cup/League games *

Burn Era Friendlies

The Dallas Burn hosted a number of friendlies during their run at the Cotton Bowl. In total, 12 friendlies were hosted between 1996 and 2003.

1996. Dallas 3, El Salvador Selection 2

1997. Dallas 0, Chivas Guadalajara 5

2000. Dallas 2, Atlas CF 0

Dallas 1, Bachilleres (MEX) 1

2001. Dallas 2, Chivas Guadalajara 2

Dallas 0, CD Platense (HON) 0

2002. Dallas 3, W Connection (TRI) 0

2003. Dallas 3, CD Aguila (ESV) 3 (DAL won 3-1 on PKs)

Frisco Friendlies

Since the club moved to Frisco and re-branded to become FC Dallas, the club has hosted 14 friendlies, most of those being the home and away series in the Rio Grande Plate with Tigres UNAL and the series with former Brazilian partner club CA Paranaense.

2006 - FCD 4, Atlas CF 1

As former head coach Colin Clark put it after this game, the Mexican side brought mostly reserves and young players and when asked if the level of competition was disappointing, Clark stated "they brought who they brought and got their butts kicked tonight".

2006 - FCD 2, Tigres 0

First leg of the first Rio Grande Plate series between these two clubs. Dallas would eventually win this first series on penalty kicks in the return match in Mexico. I remember this match well as it was one of my first international matches here in Dallas.

2007 - FCD 0. CAP (Brazil) 1

Second leg of the first series between CAP and FCD. Dallas would lose the series on aggregate 4-1.

2007 - FCD 0 , Tigres 2

Second straight year of the Rio Grande Plate series and Dallas would come out on the short end of it losing on aggregate 4-0.

2008 - FCD 2, CAP 0

Dallas would claim the series 4-1 on aggregate. But the score hardly tells the story of this game, which was almost abandoned late in the first half after the Brazilians attacked referee Richard Sanchez after a quick 25-yard free kick by Pablo Richetti netted Dallas' second goal in the 37th minute.

After two ejections for CAP, the center official wanted to abandon the match but Dallas officials were able to convince him to stay on. Dallas wouldn't score again with the two-man advantage but that was enough for them in this one as they already held a 2-0 lead.

2008 - FCD 1, Chivas Guadalajara 2

Marco Fabian de la Mora scored off a giveaway in the 86th minute to snap a 1-1 tie and give Mexican first division club a 2-1 victory. Dallas gave up a 1-0 lead with 10 minutes left in this one. The lone Dallas goal was scored in the first half by Juan Toja.

2008 - FCD 2, Club America 1

Dominic Oduro and Drew Moor each scored a goal to lead FC Dallas to a 2-1 win over Club America. Alfredo Moreno scored on a penalty kick in the 33rd minute. FCD keeper Dario Sala finished the game with nine saves. Most may recall this friendly was due to the signing of Duilio Davino, a Mexican defender that played 10 years with America. He didn't dress for this friendly though due to an injury.

2008 - FCD 3, Tigres 2

While FCD won this game, they would lose the Rio Grande Plate series on penalty kicks 3-1.

2009 - FCD 1, CAP 0

The second leg of the Brazil-US challenge between the two partner clubs. This one would be a win for Dallas but the series would be a loss as CAP would win on penalty kicks.

2009 - FCD 2, CS Herediano (CRC) 0

Andre Rocha and guest player Alex Fichera scored the two goals for FC Dallas on the night. The game was delayed for over a hour due to thunderstorms in the area. Herediano played with 10 men for the majority of this match too as Eduardo Gomez was issued a straight red for a tackle on Brek Shea in the 25th minute.

2009 - FCD 2, CSD Communicaciones (GUA) 0

Defender Daniel Torres and midfielder Eric Avila scored for Dallas in this win.

2010 - FCD 2, Inter Milan 2

Probably the biggest friendly the club has had to date. A sold-out crowd was on hand to see the Italian giants. Dallas had important league matches following this one but Schellas Hyndman still opted to use his starters for the majority of this match. This was also the night that the stadium unveiled the Lamar Hunt statue in the north end of the stadium.

Inter got goals from Diego Milito and Samuel Eto'o, while FCD's offense came from George John and a David Ferreira penalty kick.

2011 - FCD 2, Tigres 1

The second leg of the Rio Grande Plate game right during the club's first Champions League run. Probably not the best year for the club to schedule friendlies like this but the team still came out on top against the Mexican side in this one and won the series on penalty kicks.

2012 - FCD 3, Leon 3

A pretty forgettable friendly last year during the stretch run of the season. Hyndman played nearly everyone in this one except for veteran keeper Kevin Hartman. The team would fall on penalty kicks 4-3 though in this one.

George John, Jackson and Bobby Warshaw tallied for FC Dallas in the draw that sees their all-time friendly record against Mexican clubs move to 5-9-3.

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