2024 Season

FC Dallas wins season opener 2-1 against San Jose Earthquakes



  • Asier Illarramendi scores FC Dallas’ first goal of 2024 as well as his first MLS goal.
  • FC Dallas debuted its primary home kit the Afterburner, for the 2024-25 season in tonight's win against San Jose. 
  • Dante Sealey scores game-winning goal in added time for his first of the season and second in the MLS.
  • MLS Box Score

FRISCO, Texas (February 24, 2024) – FC Dallas (1-0-0, 3 points) defeated the San Jose Earthquakes (0-1-0, 0 points) by a score of 2-1 courtesy of a 94th-minute winner from Dante Sealy.


Head coach Nico Estévez was able to test his new formation in an official game following several months of experimentation through the preseason. The 3-4-3 formation saw newcomer Logan Farrington play up top with Bernard Kamungo and Paul Arriola on either side. The back-three of Nkosi Tafari, Sebastien Ibeagha and Sam Junqua was flanked by wingbacks Herbert Endeley and Dante Sealy. In the middle, veterans Asier Illarramendi and Liam Fraser protected the backline. The new lineup resulted in 22 shots and nine on target, more than in any match during the 2023 season. 


Wingback Dante Sealy’s goal in the 4th minute of extra time in the second half helped FC Dallas earn three points to open the 2024 campaign. That is Sealy’s second career goal for FC Dallas. He scored his first goal against Portland Timbers on May 1, 2021. 


Midfielder Asier Illarramendi scored his first FC Dallas goal to equalize in the 25th minute of the match. Illarramendi collected a bouncing ball on the edge of the box and volleyed it home with his left foot to tie the game at 1-1.


FC Dallas now holds an 8-1-6 overall record in season openers since 2010. Dallas’ only two losses in season openers were versus the Chicago Fire in 2009 and Minnesota United in 2023.


FC Dallas debuted its 2024 primary home kits in front of a sold-out crowd of 19,906. The Afterburner kits were first revealed on February 15 at the club’s annual Cocktails & Cleats fundraiser at the Gallagher Club in the National Soccer Hall of Fame.


This year’s third overall MLS SuperDraft pick, forward Logan Farrington, made his professional debut by starting and playing 90 minutes for FC Dallas.

UP NEXTFC Dallas will remain at home for its second match of the 2024 MLS Regular Season. Dallas will take on Canadian rivals CF Montréal. The matchup between FC Dallas and CF Montréal is set to kickoff at 7:30 PM CT on Saturday, March 2 from Toyota Stadium in Frisco presented by UnitedHealthcare. The match will air on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, the FC Dallas app, and Talk Radio 1190AM. 


FC Dallas — Maarten Paes; Nkosi Tafari, Sebastien Ibeagha, Sam Junqua; Dante Sealy, Asier Illarramendi, Liam Fraser (Sebastian Lletget - 84’), Herbert Endeley (Ema Twumasi – 61’); Paul Arriola, Logan Farrington, Bernard Kamungo (Eugene Ansah - 84’).

Substitutes not used — Jimmy Maurer, Omar Gonzalez, Patrickson Delgado, Nolan Norris, Tomas Pondeca.

San Jose Earthquakes — Daniel; Paul Marie (Vitor Costa – 66’), Tanner Beason, Rodrigues, Carlos Akapo; Carlos Gruezo (Michael Baldisimo - 85’), Jackson Yueill, Jack Skahan (Alfredo Morales - 73’); Cristian Espinoza, Jeremy Ebobisse (Preston Judd – 66’), Benji Kikanovic (Amahl Pellegrino – 74’).

Substitutes not used — Ousseni Bouda, Tommy Thompson, Daniel Munie, William Yarbrough.

Scoring Summary: 

SJ: Benji Kikanovic – 6’

DAL: Asier Illarramendi – 25’

DAL: Dante Sealy – (90’+4’)

Misconduct Summary:

SJ: Carlos Gruezo (caution) – 21’

SJ: Rodrigues (caution) – 45’

Weather: Clear, 70ºF

Attendance: 19,096