Some Game Day Info from MLS and FCD...
- Parking is FREE at Pizza Hut Park for all FC Dallas home games.
- Come out to the Londoner Frisco for a tailgate party beginning at 5 p.m.
- Performance by Rock FCD, from the School of Rock Frisco.
- First 500 fans in attendance at the Londoner Frisco will receive a FREE FC Dallas scarf.
- Join the inaugural March to the Match led by Norma Hunt, wife of FC Dallas patriarch and American sports pioneer Lamar Hunt.
- Follow the march to the North Entrance of Pizza Hut Park where Mrs. Hunt will place a scarf on the statue of Lamar Hunt. The scarfing tradition will precede every home match.
- Happy Hour in the Beer Garden featuring $2 beer, $4 'ritas and $4 wine through halftime.
- Special guests The O's will sing the national anthem. Check out their music here.
- Join the FCD Supporters during the 19th minute for 96 seconds of chanting. Chanting will start with "I Believe in FCD" followed by "Dallas 'Til I Die" and conclude with "FC Dallas Ole Ole Ole."
- Stick around after the game for a spectacular fireworks show.
- Please note that, for safety, the Blue South parking lot (adjacent to the Stadium on the East Side) will be closed.
REFEREE: Terry Vaughn. SAR (bench): George Gansner; JAR (opposite): Adam Wienckowski; 4th: Elias Bazakos
SUSPENDED: DAL: Jair Benitez (through March 20)
ALL-TIME (33 meetings): FC Dallas 19 wins (2 shootout), 64 goals … Fire 11 wins (1 shootout), 51 goals … Ties 3
AT DALLAS (16 meetings): FC Dallas 12 wins (1 shootout), 37 goals … Fire 3 wins (0 shootout), 21 goals … Ties 1
RETURN MATCH: 10/12: Chicago Fire vs. FC Dallas, 7:30 p.m. CT
LAST YEAR (MLS):
5/27: CHI 1, DAL 1 (McBride 40 – Ferreira 6)
10/2: DAL 3, CHI 0 (Rodriguez 19; Chavez 46; Cunningham 67)
Chicago has one victory in the last 10 meetings all-time between the teams – that coming March 21, 2009 in Frisco.
The clubs play for the Brimstone Cup – awarded by the two supporters’ clubs of the two teams so named when it matched the Fire and the Burn (the name of the Dallas club until 2004).
Dallas has won the cup for each of the last nine seasons. The Fire won the first series in 2001, the Burn then claiming it in 2002, retaining it in 2003 when the teams leveled the series, then winning both league meetings in 2004. In 2005, the teams split their league meetings, but the FCD won the cup when they won the U.S. Open Cup semifinal. Dallas won the season series from 2006-08 and in 2010; retaining possession when the teams split in ‘09.
Schellas Hyndman v CHI: P5 W3 L1 D1 …
Carlos de los Cobos vs. DAL: P2 W0 L1 D1
FC Dallas reached the MLS Cup Final for the first time in 2010, falling just short of the championship in an extra-time loss to the Colorado Rapids in Toronto last November.
FCD finished third in the Western Conference with 50 points and a 12-2-14 record.
Fire boss Carlos de los Cobos has set out his team in a 3-5-2 formation for much of the preseason.
"I believe that sometimes when we are playing against a team and the other guys have control of the game, the only way that we can change this situation is we change the distribution of our players on the field and we play with a different dynamic," de los Cobos said to the Sun-Times. "For that reason we are playing like this [in a 3-5-2]. I think the guys understand the idea and they are having good moments on the field in matches. But I'm not sure I will start like this because I know the guys play 4-4-2 and know this format, because they normally play this way."
"With this 3-5-2 formation, we're having to defend a lot more, so what happens is we have to push out to the outside backs, and we spend a lot of time defending," Husidic said to ESPN.com. "So far it's been going well. I think there are a few things we need to figure out offensively and defensively, and that will come with time. We only had four [preseason] games to play the formation together. I think this year we have a lot more responsibility to create than last year."
Pari Pantazapolous, who attended preseason training after winning an open indoor tryout in January, one of 210 players from 19 different countries, was expected to be signed to a contract before the start of the season.
Pantazopoulos, 22, was born in Greece and came to Chicago with his family in 1998, the Fire’s first season. After attending Prospect High School in Chicago, his pro career started in Cyprus in 2007, then played with Zakynthos in Greece’s third division. He returned to Chicago after two seasons abroad and kept his touch with Schwaben, one of Chicago’s oldest amateur clubs. "
It’s a dream come true,’’ Pantazopoulos said. ‘‘I used to be a fan. I went to every home game, cheering for [DaMarcus] Beasley, Logan Pause, [Chris] Armas and [Peter] Nowak.’’
The Fire have had a nearly complete makeover since last year. Seven of the starting 11 players in the 2010 season opener are no longer with the club.