Feb 23, 2024 - Sports

What to expect from FC Dallas' 2024 season

Jesus Ferriera with his warm ups on

Jesús Ferreira will need to score a lot of goals this season if the team wants to accomplish its … um, goals. Photo: Omar Vega/Getty Images

FC Dallas will have a few new faces on the field and a new attack plan this season.

Driving the news: The team's 2024 season kicks off tomorrow at 7:30pm in Frisco against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Why it matters: After a middle-of-the-pack regular season finish last year and an early exit from the playoffs, the team spent nearly $10 million to acquire 25-year-old Croatian forward Petar Musa — the most expensive signing in franchise history.

  • Musa, who was on the radar of several prominent European clubs, will complement Jesús Ferreira, who's led FCD in scoring in each of the last two seasons.

The big picture: Head coach Nico Estévez told the Dallas Morning News that, entering his third year leading the team, he's made "tactical changes that will represent a leap in quality."

Flashback: Last season's playoff exit is still reverberating. Argentinian midfielder Alan Velasco — who topped the league's "22 Under 22" list last year — suffered an ACL tear in a playoff loss to Seattle.

  • Velasco had surgery in November, but it's not clear if he'll return this season.

Between the lines: Dallas is one of the least-valuable franchises in the league, per Forbes' latest valuations — owing largely to the age of the team's stadium, which opened in 2005.

Of note: Getting into games will be a little different this year. The team has swapped out metal detectors in favor of AI screening technology.

The bottom line: North Texas is one of the most soccer-crazed regions in the country, as evidenced by the abundance of World Cup games coming to the area in 2026.

  • So win or lose, fans will be out in force.
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