A member of Major League Soccer since its inception in 1996, FC Dallas is owned and operated by Hunt Sports Group. The professional team plays from March to November at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. One of the first soccer-specific stadiums built in the United States, the venue plays host to Major League Soccer matches, concerts, international soccer matches and high school football.
This Career Mode Story will include from events and material from real life, in-game elements, as well as a healthy amount of role-play to help simulate the story. FC Dallas is also renowned for its youth development, a feature which will be highlighted in this story.
In a surprising turn of events, Kasey Keller, the former Seattle Sounders goalkeeper and National Soccer Hall of Famer, has been announced as the new face of FC Dallas.
The 47-year-old has reportedly signed a three-year deal at Toyota Stadium and arrives on the back of several years as an ESPN commentator. His prolific career involves stints at some of the world best clubs, including:
• Millwall F.C. (1992-96)
• Leicester City F.C. (1996-99)
• Rayo Vallecano (1999-2001)
• Tottenham Hotspur (2001-05)
• Borussia Mönchengladbach (2005-07)
• Fulham (2007-08)
• Seattle Sounders FC (2009-11)
He retired from professional soccer in 2011 after three seasons with the Sounders. Keller is also a former U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper and three-time U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year. In all, he played 609 matches in four countries in his professional career.
Speaking to the press, chief executive Clark Hunt was quoted saying “Kasey is one of the few Americans to break through into multiple prestigious teams and leagues around the world. He’s very determined and we are confident his leadership and experience can bring us the success we’ve been looking for.
And after being officially named as the club’s new boss, Keller spoke of his delight. “It’s a real honor to be selected as head coach for FC Dallas. It’s exciting, but I also understand and appreciate the gravity of the task ahead of me.”
A native of the American Northwest, and a former member of both Sounders and Portland Timbers, it came as a surprise the legendary keeper took a position at what many would call a lower tier club. Hunt explained, "We want some of Kasey's magic. He expressed interest early on and we had similar visions for how we could grow the team."
Asked about the concern surrounding his 'outsider' status, Keller said, “It doesn’t worry me at all. The board worked incredibly hard to make sure we were a good fit and to show me the potential that can be achieved here. Is this a bold move? Yes, but don’t mistake that for a lack of ambition or judgement. I have big plans for the squad and it’s going to put Dallas on the map for success.”
Keller will start at his new position this month as FC Dallas proceed to an invitational cup before the 2017 season.