FRISCO, Texas - MLS was comprised of only 10 teams when the league was first launched back in 1996. Today, that number has risen to 26, with three clubs based in Canada. Of the 10 charter teams, only one franchise, the Tampa Bay Mutiny, no longer competes in the league. This season, FC Dallas will host five of the original 10 in Toyota Stadium.
With the Pick Your Plan initiative, FC Dallas fans can choose any three matches to bundle. And since it's the 25th anniversary of MLS, why not bundle three matches against some of the league's originals? Below we've highlighted three of Dallas' most exciting matchups against charter members of MLS.
Sporting KC – May 30, 7:30 p.m.
To kick off this bundle, FC Dallas hosts Sporting KC on May 30, presented by MoneyGram. The visitors finished third in the 1996 Western Conference standings and have won seven major trophies, most recently the 2017 U.S. Open Cup.
There is plenty of reason to be excited for this fixture, but perhaps the most exciting is the arrival of Alan Pulido. The Mexican forward, acquired by Sporting KC for a club-record fee in December, brings plenty of goal-scoring prowess to MLS. The club will hope Pulido helps jumpstart the squad, after finishing 11th in the Western Conference last season.
The Toros beat Sporting KC 6-0 on the final day of the season to clinch a playoff berth and will hope for much of the same in this one.
Columbus Crew – June 17, 7:30 p.m.
In the second match of the bundle, FC Dallas squares off against Columbus Crew on June 17. Columbus finished fourth in the Eastern Conference in the inaugural 1996 season and has won five major trophies, including the 2008 MLS Cup.
For FC Dallas, the fixture last season saw a 1-0 defeat in Ohio. The Toros will look to change their fortunes this season, with a home crowd behind them.
Colorado Rapids – August 15, 7:30 p.m.
For Back to School Night at Toyota Stadium on Aug. 15, the Colorado Rapids travel to Frisco. The Rapids finished last place in the Western Conference (5th) during the 1996 MLS season, but won the MLS Cup in 2010.
Fans can watch former midfielder and Homegrown talent Kellyn Acosta take to his old pitch and enjoy the last Saturday before the 2020-21 school year begins.
To purchase a bundle of these three matches (or customize your own) visit fcdmembership.com/matches.