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FC Dallas 2007
2007 Club by Club
The 2007 season saw Steve Morrow come in and take the head coaches job at FC Dallas, after Colin Clarke was relieved from his duties in November 2006. Dallas again made the playoffs, but stumbled once again in the postseason, as was the trend over the previous years.
Early on, FC Dallas played delightful soccer and held a firm grip on the top spot in the West for much of the first half, winning 6 of their first 10 matches. Come the second half, though, FCD were in for a tailspin as they only won 5 games after the All-Star break, limping into postseason play with a record of 13-12-5, good enough for third in the West. Dallas' season would come to a crashing halt in the playoffs, losing 4-2 on aggregate to eventual champions, Texas rivals the Houston Dynamo.
Dallas had a mixed bag of results throughout the year, compiling equally inconsistent home and road records. At home Dallas were 7-5-3, on the road they were 6-7-2 as they struggled to get it going week in, week out. However their poor finish to the season dashed any chances of putting up a good record, with just two wins from their final 9 encounters.
Carlos Ruiz once again led Dallas in scoring and in points, with 7 goals and 16 points. However their sieve-like defense let up 44 goals in 30 games but they managed to stay well above the competition in the Western conference, finishing 9 points ahead of the Colorado Rapids, clinching third spot in the process. Juan Toja was awarded the team MVP award, after the No. 8 bagged six goals and one assist, to come second in points for the season. Young star Clarence Goodson also shone, starting 27 of the side’s 30 games and picking up defender of the year honors in the process.
Off the field, in December 2007 FCD announced that the team had formed a business alliance with the Trinidad & Tobago Pro League. The deal was announced on the conclusion of the Shaka Hislop Tribute Cup, a tournament played in Trinidad between FCD, Clube Atletico Paranaense, and two all-star teams from the TT Pro League. Hislop started six games for FCD in 2007, as the former EPL star added depth to the goalkeeping ranks.