Dirk Nowitzki - Smiling
Courtesy of FC Dallas

Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki honored at FC Dallas match

It wasn't FC Dallas' day on the pitch at Toyota Stadium, but one man literally stood tall on his day at the match.

FC Dallas celebrated the career of recently retired NBA star Dirk Nowitzki at Saturday's game, which ended in a 3-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls. Nowitzki, formerly of the Dallas Mavericks, got to place a scarf around the neck of the statue of Lamar Hunt before the match, and was later honored on the field.

Nowitzki signed plenty of autographs and took a penalty shot on the team mascot, playfully pretending to limp after the kick.

SeatGeek has great deals for future MLS matches

GET TICKETS Official Ticketing Partner of Major League Soccer

Nowitzki, a native of Germany, is good friends with the Chicago Fire's Bastian Schweinsteiger, a countryman, and has talked publicly about his fandom of soccer. He announced his retired after the Mavericks' home finale last month.


WHO YA GOT? Make your playoff picks with the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge. It free to play and you'll have a ton of fun competing against your friends, family, and colleagues. Plus you could win great prizes!