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East Stand View: Dirk Days

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The weather was actually pretty nice, the game, not so much.

MLS: New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

It was raining for most of the morning on Saturday in Dallas and I wasn’t even sure if Dirk was going to show up, let alone the worry of the game being delayed. We were hosting the New York Red Bulls this early afternoon, with North Texas Soccer Club playing Orlando City B team afterwards. The parking situation was pretty nice on arrival about 40 minutes prior to the game and there wasn’t much of a line to get in. The bad news was that the weather, nice parking, and Dirk Nowitzki were all nice precursors to the absolutely beating I was about to watch my beloved team go through...

Big Dirk & the Positives

The Saturday started great. It was pouring rain in the morning which is always nice to wake up to, then it started dissipating as we got closer to game time. The 1pm start time was worrying, but the clouds were there to protect from the menacing sun and its’ destructive ways. Arriving there 40 minutes before kick off, I found parking fairly easy, and the line to get into the stadium was almost nonexistent on the west side of Toyota Stadium.

Even though I missed the scarfing of Lamar Hunt by local Dallas legend Dirk Nowitzki, the big man stayed after to take numerous pictures and sign tons of memorabilia for the fans that had gathered around the seven footer. The mound of people around him seemed to keep the same shape the entire time, as an endless stream of kids got their photo taken with the German. Those were all the positives for the day, that’s it. Except for a shot of tequila sprinkled in there.

The Bads

Quick shout out to the 6 New York Red Bulls fans that sat in the away section, you watched your team play a great game. For the other 14 people in the stadium (kidding, there was a good amount of people for a near rain out) we witnessed something more akin to a shock film. The Red Bulls were all over us from the beginning, and it didn’t take them long to slice through our defense. Then Hayes played a delicious ball to Jesus after a Badji injury and made it 1-1 at the half. It was here that we decided tequila was a good idea. Why not celebrate a goal with a shot?

That horribly tasting shot was the last bit of enjoyment I’d get out of the trip to Frisco. As the Red Bulls not only decided to score two more dumb goals, but our offense preferred keeping the ball and passing outside the 18 yard box instead of scoring. Also, not only did Badji go down, but Santiago Mosquera went down and Jesse did too at one point. The match was so disappointing that I didn’t even want to stay for the NTSC game that was coming up next right after the NYRB game. Maybe next time, but at that moment I was too frustrated and annoyed to stay.

And finally, your fan quote of the night: “Ryan, are you going to include this part (tequila shot) in your article?” Yes Jwar, yes I did include the tequila shot in the article.

Did you stay for the North Texas Soccer Club game right after the main event? Were you able to sift through the crowd and greet the greatest b-ball player to grace Dallas? If you were watching at home, did you watch the whole game? Let me know in the comments below!