Finally. Yes, finally. FC Dallas and USL League One announced today that an FC Dallas-owned team will be a founding member and begin play during the league’s inaugural season in 2019.
Toyota Stadium will be the home of the new club and potentially play a handful of games at another location within the Dallas/Fort Worth area. FC Dallas will announce the additional location as well as the name, head coach and logo of its League One team later this year.
“USL League One offers an outstanding opportunity for our younger players to compete against quality opponents,” said FC Dallas President Dan Hunt. “Having a second professional team will allow us to create a culture throughout the organization that will help us succeed at every level.”
USL League One’s 28-game season is scheduled to begin play the weekend of March 29-31, 2019 and conclude the weekend of October 4-6, 2019. The 2019 USL League One Playoffs will consist of four teams beginning the weekend of October 11-13. The final match of the postseason will take place from October 17-21.
I know some details are still being sorted out here but we can finally celebrate the fact that this is finally happening. For the last few years we’ve heard and been told over and over again that FC Dallas would launch a USL team. The more time has past, the more it seemed like this would never happen.
Since the launch of a third division (League One), it made more sense for FC Dallas to dive into that area for their team, while potentially retaining an affiliate in the main USL Championship division. Now potential MLS signings from the academy can come through the USL squad and work their way up to the first team.
How relieved are you that this is finally happening?