FRISCO - When Oscar Pareja arrived in Dallas, one of his biggest goals – apart from winning trophies - was making Toyota Stadium a venue no opposing team looked forward to playing in.
That mission has been accomplished.
As FC Dallas heads into Saturday night’s game against Columbus Crew SC in Frisco, history will be on the line as Pareja’s squad looks to equal the franchise record regular season home winning streak of eight set in 2014. FCD currently holds a seven-game regular season winning streak dating back to August 29, 2015.
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“We do a good job at home, we come out flying and the fans are a 12th man to us,” said Homegrown midfielder Kellyn Acosta. “We feed off their energy and it helps boost us and motivates us to do well.”
A deeper dive into the numbers of FC Dallas at home show a 23-3-2 record since beginning that franchise-record eight-game winning streak back in mid-2014.
“It’s a mentality. It’s something you take pride in,” said goalkeeper Chris Seitz. “We want to make this place a fortress and for us we take pride in our record here, but at the same time we know that we have to come out and perform and nothing is going to be given to us.”
If there’s any team that could come into Toyota Stadium and crack FCD’s winning streak, however, it’s Saturday’s opponents Columbus. Last season, Crew SC tied for the second-most wins on the road in MLS with six and won five out of their last six road games to end the year. They may be struggling to open the 2016 campaign, but that only means Columbus will be bringing a desperation to Frisco on Saturday night.
“They obviously have the [big] names and a group that has played together for a lot of time without much turnover from last year’s team,” said Seitz. “I kind of look at them as a team who knows their identity, is sticking to it, and they believe it’s going to work.”
Put all these things together and it makes Saturday’s match one you won’t want to miss at Toyota Stadium.