Chris Gbandi and FC Dallas are ready to start the season.
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Weekly update: Fire visit for First Kick

FC DALLAS OPENS 10TH SEASON THIS SATURDAY NIGHT AT COTTON BOWL: FC Dallas and the Chicago Fire will begin their 2005 Major League Soccer season against one another this Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cotton Bowl. This will be the first match of two against Chicago this season as FCD looks to retain the Brimstone Cup (awarded to the winner of the season series between the two teams) for the fourth consecutive year. The Brimstone Cup was first awarded in 2001 and it went to Chicago. Including the playoffs, the two teams played six matches against one another with the Fire outscoring Dallas 11-7 and taking home the first ever Brimstone Cup. Dallas took the 2002 Brimstone Cup (6-0), retained the Cup in 2003 after a 3-3 tie in two matches and then won by a 6-0 margin in 2004. Fans of both the Fire and FC Dallas united to create the cup, which commemorates the rivalry between the two squads. This season FC Dallas will host the Fire this Saturday and then travel to Chicago on June 12.

FC Dallas has won three straight over Chicago dating back to Sept. 20, 2003. They have outscored the Fire 8-1 in those three matches.

Tuesday, March 29: 10 a.m. @ Blue Sky & Scrimmage @ SMU at 6 p.m. (Westcott Field)
Wednesday, March 30: 10 a.m. @ Blue Sky
Thursday, March 31: 10:30 a.m. @ Cotton Bowl
Friday, April 1: 10:30 a.m. @ Cotton Bowl
Saturday, April 2: Opening Day: vs. Chicago @ Cotton Bowl - 7:30 p.m.
* Schedule is subject to change.

ARTURO ALVAREZ SCORES ONLY U-20 U.S. GOAL: FC Dallas midfielder Arturo Alvarez appeared in the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team Suwon International Youth Tournament on Saturday night and collected the match's only goal. The U.S. took second place during the tournament after defeating Egypt 1-0 in their third and final match. Alvarez, starting his second straight match, was found in the middle of the field wide open. He had time to set up his shot before unleashing a left-footed blast from 25 yards out that curved away from the outstretched hands of the Egyptian goalkeeper and just inside the right post.

FC DALLAS ON KFCD: Please join us this week for the weekly FC Dallas Radio Show with Ray Canevari on KFCD 990 AM. "FC Dallas Weekly" will be back to its usual Thursday from 6-7 p.m. time slot on KFCD. This week, Canevari is scheduled to have interviews with Head Coach Colin Clarke and forward Eddie Johnson, who will be returning to Dallas on Thursday after playing in two World Cup Qualifiers with the U.S.

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