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East Stand View: Cold Night

Who said we could have 30 degree weather in April?

MLS: Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

In a stark reminder that winter can still throw punches, even in April, the cold front that the Colorado Rapids brought with them really came in freezing cold on Saturday night. The crowd wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be when I saw the forecast for the night. This time I showed up early for parking so we didn’t have to make a long trek in the freezing dark that night. The tying goal was a relief for the crowd that showed up, but the pessimism set in soon after the final whistle.

Arriving Early Helps

It was cold, but that was a good reason to show up early for the game. Was able to nab a (free) spot to the west of the stadium to insure a shorter walk than the season average. Space heaters were seen at some tailgates as fans braved the weather for some quality pre-soccer tailgating in the cold. Personally I didn’t brave the cold for tailgating though, I went to the Subway with their climate control. Chastise me if you must!

Where’s exciting FCD?

Starting to miss the ruthlessness FC Dallas had back in 2016 and 2015. The crowd wasn’t as vocal this match until the very end when discontent and frustration gave way to joyous celebrations at the very end. I can’t imagine what the game on the pitch will look like when we face a team like the LA Galaxy or LAFC. Even though Colman’s timely goal was exhilarating and brought FCD close to victory, after the final whistle the joy slowly became the cold realization that we’ve drawn 3 of our 4 home games to start the season. Hopefully once the summer heats up, wins will come? Maybe?

And finally, your fan quote of the night: “Oh great, Colman, right, when we need a goal we bring THAT guy on!” He heard it around the 89th minute of the game, not that he cared at that point.

Have you started arriving at the stadium early to nab a parking spot? Did you tailgate, how many space heaters did your party have out? Do you still find FC Dallas’ play exciting live, or feel they’re downright frustrating to watch? Let me know in the comments below!