FC Dallas Toyota Stadium

FC Dallas Toyota Stadium

World Cup Way, Frisco, Texas, United States/A member of Major League Soccer since its inception in 1996, FC Dallas is owned and operated by Hunt Sports Group. The professional team plays from March to November at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. One of the first soccer-specific stadiums built in the United States, the venue plays host to Major League Soccer matches, concerts, international soccer matches and high school football. The 145-acre Toyota Soccer Center also includes 17 regulation-sized, tournament-grade soccer fields and is also home to the organization’s nationally-renowned youth development system.No other professional sports team in Dallas has the pioneering legacy of FC Dallas. The story of FC Dallas is tied to Dallas’ soccer history, which began in 1966 when Lamar Hunt attended a World Cup match in England and was inspired to bring professional soccer to the U.S.Mr. Hunt formed the Dallas Tornado, one of the first professional soccer clubs in the U.S., and the NASL (North American Soccer League) in 1967. The team carried a roster of professional players transported from Europe.When their playing days were over many of these players, such as Bobby Moffat and Kenny Cooper Sr., began second careers in coaching/conducting clinics, further spreading interest and developing talent in North Texas.Professional soccer continued in Dallas through the 1980’s with the rise of the indoor Dallas Sidekicks. Former Tornado players Billy Phillips and Neil Cohen played significant roles in the success of the Sidekicks.The United States was awarded the 1994 World Cup. Not only was Lamar Hunt key to the bid to bring the World Cup to the U.S., but his leadership also influenced the creation of MLS.In 1995, Dallas was awarded a charter team in MLS, the only FIFA sanctioned first division league in the U.S. The Dallas Burn won its first Championship, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, in 1997.

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