GRAPEVINE, Texas – Exactly one month after being signed by FC Dallas, Zdeněk Ondrášek finally made his way to North Texas.
Supporters from Dallas Beer Guardians and El Matador, as well as Season Ticket Members, patiently waited outside of Terminal D's international arrivals area at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Nearly two hours after the Czech striker's flight landed, fans gave him a Texas-sized welcome.
"It was very nice. I’m glad I got here, finally, and [I'm] looking forward to the club, the teammates and the city," said Ondrášek.
Nicknamed “The Cobra”, Ondrášek arrived to North Texas just in time to start preseason training with the club. He started his professional career in the Czech first-division with České Budějovice in 2007 and most recently played with Polish first-division team, Wisła Kraków. But, he's anxious to get to work with FC Dallas. "I want do my best for the club and be the best for the club. That’s the number one."
Zdeněk Ondrášek will join a diverse roster, with players from four continents. But what did he know about the Dallas-Fort Worth area before making the big move? He consulted a friend that DFW sports fans have seen at a familiar arena in Victory Park. "I spoke to one hockey player, [Martin] Hanzal who plays here for the Dallas Stars...I will look around by myself and I think I will like it."
It's too early to say how the striker will fare on the pitch. But, after asking The Cobra what he will bring to the team this season, he summed it up in one word: "Fighting."