FRISCO, Texas – Like nearly every other sports team and league around the world, FC Dallas and MLS have seen their season interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. So, with the season postponed until April 11 at the earliest, what are FC Dallas players, coaches and front office staff doing in the meantime?
Here’s the latest on what’s happening inside the FCD organization during this unprecedented break in the season. Since this is such a fluid situation, this info may change on a daily basis as it develops.
Is FC Dallas still training?
MLS announced Monday that a league-wide training moratorium would be in effect through Friday, March 20. So, the FC Dallas first team, its USL League One affiliate North Texas SC and the FC Dallas Academy will not train together at all this week. Players, however, are allowed to work out independently to stay in shape for when the season restarts. FC Dallas players have been given individual workout plans to follow from home.
The majority of the FCD coaching staff is also working remotely today (Tuesday, March 17) and possibly for the rest of this week as the situation continues to unfold. Head coach Luchi Gonzalez will be available to address the media via conference call at 11AM tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18).
As you can see, the facilities at Toyota Stadium are a lot quieter than usual.
When will the season restart?
As of now, the original 30-day league suspension will be over on Saturday, April 11—meaning FC Dallas would miss three games: away to New York City FC (3/14), away to Seattle Sounders (3/21) and home to Los Angeles FC (4/4). Ostensibly those games would be made up at a later date. If the season restarts after the original 30-day period, Dallas’ first scheduled game would be on April 11 against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park. Again, this situation is fluid and this could all change very quickly.
Is the FC Dallas front office open?
Yes, FC Dallas’ offices at Toyota Stadium are still open but the staff has been broken into two groups—one works in the office while the other works remotely in alternating weeks. This system was put in place to limit potential exposure while maintaining productivity.
Is the FC Dallas Academy and Youth Club still practicing?
No, all FCD Academy and Youth Club activities have been postponed until March 22.
What if I have a ticket to an FC Dallas game?
FCD has only one home match which falls within the 30-day suspension: the match vs. LAFC on Saturday, April 4th. Your tickets for that match continue to be valid when it is rescheduled for a later date.