2016 was the year that Dallas was poised to make some noise. After two years of promising results, and missing out on silverware on goal difference and missing the MLS Cup Finals by a couple of goals, 2016 was the year where Oscar Pareja would either rise and take FC Dallas to the promise land or remain the bridesmaid for yet another season. FCD was finally loaded and had depth across all positions, a healthy Mauro Diaz, a consistent and reliable striker and a star DP signing in Carlos Gruezo to anchor the midfield and the club delivered the goods with a historic double and possibly missed out on the treble by an injury.
Here’s a statistical recap of Dallas’ finest year.
2 - Dallas tripled their trophy cabinet this year by taking home the Supporter’s Shield (most points in the regular season) and the U.S. Open Cup.
60 - For the second consecutive season, FC Dallas ended with 60 points. No other team in MLS history has accomplished that feat.
174 - Dallas’ combined 174 points across the past three seasons is highest among all MLS teams during that time frame.
10 - Maxi Urruti led FC Dallas in goals with 10 (league and playoffs).
13 - Mauro Diaz was third in MLS with 13 assists, but was tied for first with 7 Game-Winning Assists.
12-1-4 - Second time in franchise history that they’ve only lost one game at home. It also marks the third year in a row that FC Dallas has won double digit home games in a season.
3.7 - Captain Matt Hedges was 4th in the league with 3.7 interceptions per game.
3.1 - Carlos Gruezo was 7th among midfielders with 3.1 tackles per game.
10 - Chris Seitz had a career year, posting 10 clean sheets (good for 2nd in MLS) and won 50% of the games he started (1st among keepers with min of 20 starts).
1 - After finishing 2015 with 4 red cards and 2014 with 10 (!!!) red cards, FC Dallas ended 2016 with only one red card.
Statistically, this was one of Dallas’ finest seasons and thankfully they had a couple pieces of hardware to show for it too. Not every statistic was a positive, with attendance dipping and drawing the lowest in the league at 14,094. (Chicago, yes, Chicago drew a thousand+ more than Dallas.) But that’s a quick summary of 2016.
Were their any other stats you’d like for me to look up?