FRISCO, Texas - All-Star games are kind've like the great improv show Whose Line is It Anyway: everything's made up and the points don't matter. That's what make them so fun. You get to watch your league's best of the best and not have to worry about the result. This year, FC Dallas' Jesús Ferreira and Paul Arriola were named to the MLS All-Star game and they'll have a chance to make their mark against Liga MX's All-Stars on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Minnesota United's Allianz Field.
But first, let's take a look at the best All-Star game moments from FC Dallas players from yesteryear.
#5 Juan Toja, 2007
Who remembers Juan Toja and his iconic flowing locks? The Colombian midfielder's stay in Dallas lasted less than two years but that was time enough to make his mark on the league. Toja scored some important goals for FCD and was named to the MLS All-Star game during both seasons with the club. It was the 2007 edition against Scottish giants Celtic where he stamped his name on the game with a clever toe-poke finish following a miscued free kick. Toja's goal sealed a 2-0 win for the All-Stars in the newly minted Dick's Sporting Good's Park in Commerce City, Colorado.
#4 - Homegrown All-Stars
We're only on #4 and I'm already moving the goal posts because this one isn't an exact "moment" but it's impressive nonetheless: FC Dallas is the only club to have had more than two Homegrown players named an MLS All-Star.
This year, Jesús Ferreira became the FOURTH Dallas Homegrown named to the All Star game: Kellyn Acosta (2016/17), Paxton Pomykal (2019), Ricardo Pepi (2021), Ferreira (2022). The only other club to have had more than one Homegrown All-Star is the Seattle Sounders with DeAndre Yedlin (2013/14) and Jordan Morris (2022). There have been 15 total Homegrown All-Stars in MLS history and FC Dallas accounts for nearly one-third of them. That's pretty cool.
#3 - Jason Kreis, 2004
Jason Kreis, Dallas' all-time leading scorer, the first American-born MLS MVP and a five-time All-Star. He was FCD's undisputed GOAT before Matt Hedges came along but he's still one of the league's early greats. Kreis scored three goals over his five All-Star games including this long-range beauty in 2004 (back when it was always West vs. East), assisted by none other than Landon Donovan.
#2 - Jason Kreis, 1996
It's hard to make an all-time FC Dallas list of any kind that doesn't include Jason Kreis at least twice. So here he is again. The year was 1996 and it was the very first All-Star game. Kreis was just a floppy-haired rookie enjoying a breakout season. Again, the All-Star game was West vs. East and Kreis came up big for the West in the first half with a go-ahead goal following a deep run from midfield. It was a quintessential Kreis goal as the then 23-year-old acted as both playmaker and finisher to score the third-ever All-Star goal, and the first by a Dallas player.
#1 - Ricardo Pepi, 2022
Last but not least, Ricardo Pepi's game-winning penalty from last year. I'll admit, there may be some recency bias here but at least that means the video is in HD. It was also the first year the MLS All-Stars faced another team of All-Stars from a different league. The Liga MX All-Stars and their MLS counterparts played to a 1-1 draw over 90 minutes before a penalty shootout was required to break the deadlock. And up stepped 18-year-old Ricardo Pepi.
The shootout was tied 2-2 and Pepi was MLS's fifth kick taker. It was likely the more pressurized moment of his young career up to that point but Pepi is made for the big moments. The FCD Homegrown stood tall before slamming his penalty off the underside of the crossbar and in to give MLS some much-needed bragging rights over its southern rival.