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Top 10 franchise wins: Number One

 

FRISCO, Texas – Only three teams in the history of Major League Soccer have reached the 200-win plateau. The LA Galaxy reached the 200-win mark in April of 2010, and D.C. United came in right behind them that June. Just over a year later, FC Dallas has become the third MLS franchise to win 200 games with last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Chivas USA.

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In honor of this milestone, FCDallas.com has put together a list of the Top 10 regular season wins in franchise history with input from fans, long-time front office staff and former players. We’ve revealed three games each day, leading up to the unveiling of what we believe to be one of the most memorable wins in club history today.

Like any “best of” list, the contents and order are up for debate – let your voice be heard in the comments section below.

We started the countdown with 10 through 8 on Monday, rolled out 7 through 5 on Tuesday and unveiled 4 through 2 on Wednesday. Now it’s time to reveal what our group of experts deemed the top win in franchise history.


WATCH: Highlights from the Top 10 wins in FC Dallas franchise history

Countdown recap:

10 – Bicentennial: 200th win in franchise history
9 –
Hat trick comeback: First hat trick in franchise history
8 –
Century mark: 100th win in franchise history
7 – The first: First win in franchise history
6 –
Open house: First win at Pizza Hut Park
5 –
Welcome Hugo: Hugo Sanchez scores game-winner in MLS debut
4 – Start of an MVP season: Kreis scores hat trick on way to MVP season
3 –
Cunningham sandwiches Ferreira…twice: Largest margin of victory in franchise history
2 –
First win at Houston: First win in Houston, first win of 2010, Hartman takes over in goal

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Win #47 – September 10, 1998: DAL 3, CHI 2
Zarco’s buzzer-beater

The Brimstone Cup is the oldest rivalry FC Dallas has, dating back to 1998. The final game of the rivalry in that inaugural year still stands today as the most dramatic game in the history of the Brimstone Cup, and perhaps in the history of the FC Dallas franchise.

The Burn got the advantage early on, with Jason Kreis scoring an unassisted goal on Fire ‘keeper Zach Thornton in the seventh minute. The one-goal lead would hold through the end of the first half, but Chicago would come back to start the second with some early offense.

Fire forward Ante Razov scored on Burn goalkeeper Mark Dodd in the 49th minute off an assist from midfielder Chris Armas to tie the game at 1-1. Armas set up another in the 60th minute, this time feeding forward Josh Wolff, who finished the pass to give the lead to Chicago.

Fans in the Cotton Bowl were treated to a thrilling game-tying goal from Dallas when Jason Kreis assisted on Dante Washington’s tally in the 83rd minute. But those same fans received an even greater thrill just minutes later, when defender Jorge “Zarco” Rodriguez received a pass from Oscar Pareja as he broke into the Chicago box.

Rodriguez shot the ball past an onrushing Zach Thornton to score the game-winning goal for the Burn in the dying seconds of stoppage time. To this day many long-time supporters remember the goal as one of the greatest in franchise history.

Watch highlights of the Top 10 wins in FC Dallas franchise history:

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Let us know what you think of our countdown and which game you would rank as the greatest in franchise history in the comments section below.