Seasons — whether in sports or in nature — come and go. Some are beautiful, like the colorful turning of the leaves each October in any state north of Texas. Some are bitter, like a winter’s eve when the wind whips down the flat, unprotected North Texas plain. Others are down-right miserable, like every July through September in — you guessed it — Texas.
FC Dallas’ 2017 was like the latter of those; leaving us in despair, wondering what went wrong and, ultimately, lying face-down in shock like we’re Cristian Colman after each of his 38 unsuccessful shots (out of 40, by the way).
But, like those very seasons, before we know it a new one will arrive and we’ll be swept away in the promise of a new spring, ready to bloom on the pitch and in the stands of Toyota Stadium.
Until then, a look back at 2017 that was through media in the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).
March 18 | 2-0-1 (7 points)
Maximiliano Urruti was once on-pace for 34 goals three games into the season and it was crazy great.
April 22 | 5-0-2 (17 points)
Maynor Figueroa was a damn acrobat and FC Dallas hadn’t lost an MLS game in 175 days.
May 6 | 6-0-3 (21 points)
Maxi had six goals in seven starts and was basically the best re-entry draft pick of all time. FC Dallas hadn’t lost an MLS game in 199 days.
May 14 | 6-0-4 (22 points)
This moment from Matt Hedges probably gave you your Halloween costume for next week. This was the team’s second-straight home draw. Oh, how naive we were.
May 20 | 6-1-4 (22 points)
10-game unbeaten run, gone. 12-game unbeaten run at home in all competitions, gone. Suddenly, FC Dallas had just one win in their last four. Even still, we were so naive.
May 25 | 6-2-4 (22 points)
Consecutive losses. Chris Seitz embodied every FC Dallas fan in this moment.
June 3 | 7-2-5 (26 points)
Baby Jesus (not that one) arrives with a bang, and a six-goal performance coaxes us into (foolish) optimism. FCD’s first win in 28 days — and their last in June.
July 1-22 | 9-1-7 (34 points)
FC Dallas dominates the eventual Shield-winners and shines on Independence Day, two of three straight league wins, and maybe things are going to be okay in Frisco heading into the final two months.
How could they not be okay? Maxi was even scoring on THIS piece of crap.
July 29 | 9-2-7 (34 points)
Lol, sike. Dallas is hammered, 4-0, at home to Vancouver. Note: FC Dallas has just two losses in 2017 at this point.
The Entire Month of August | 9-5-9 (36 points)
August goes about as bad as a month can go as FCD gains just two points with a 0-3-2 record, being outscored 7-2 when you excluded the month’s brightest moment — a 3-3 draw with Houston at home.
That game’s equalizing goal was as stupid as that month was.
September 2 | 9-5-10 (35 points)
Another home disappointment after a 2-2 draw with Red Bulls, but arguably the best Mauro Diaz-related highlight takes place in the waning minutes.
September 10-23 | 9-7-11 (36 points)
A dismal three-game stretch sees FCD outscored 7-1, including a 4-1 defeat to Minnesota.
In a weird mix of good and bad events, Weston McKinnie makes his debut for Schalke.
Wake us up when September ends.
September 27 | 10-7-11 (39 points)
A VICTORY. FC Dallas beats Colorado 2-0 and, for absolutely no reason, is back above the red line — over a team (Houston) who’s currently in the Western Conference finals.
More importantly, Mauro Diaz destroyed a camera operator’s resume.
September 30 - October 15 | 10-8-13 (41 points)
Needing, really, just three points from these matches, FC Dallas manages but a single goal in three games, two of which against MLS bottom-feeders.
Don’t let this group hug distract you from the fact that FC Dallas had just one win in these last 14 matches.
October 22 | 11-8-13 (44 points)
FC Dallas clobbers LA 5-1, but all that mattered was this 93rd-minute Marco Urena winner on Deadline Day that moved FC Dallas out of a playoff spot and into an eternal abyss.
It was weird, it was wild and it was devastating. Let this be our last look at the 2017 season, refocusing our gaze on 2018 — a year sure to be highly-anticipated by all, for better or for worse.