Why going to the FC Dallas versus New York Red Bulls game at Pizza Hut Park on the Fourth of July is awesome: There are happy-hour dollar beers and $3 margaritas from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There's a patriotic and moving halftime show from the American Fallen Soldiers Project. There's a freaking fireworks show visible from the comforts of your stadium seat--which is good because you'll have cheered so hard you won't want to get up anyway. There's a team that's working hard to get their shit together, and this just might be the game for it. (Note to coaches from me in my armchair: The starters? Kind of important. Also, ol' K-Coop needs to think "soccer" and think "team," but really, just think.) Better yet? FC Dallas is hosting Tickets for Troops, wherein two tickets for this sporting fun time are provided free of charge to "Texas-based active duty, reserve and veteran military personnel." FC Dallas fans may also make donations to the program, which would be nice, since it's Independence Day and all. Call 1-888-FCD-GOAL or visit FCDallas.com for more info. Military personnel may contact tickets and travel on their respective bases or call Wes Hoover of FC Dallas at 214-705-6776 (on or before July 1). Frisco's Freedom Fest begins at 4 p.m. in City Hall's Simpson Plaza before FC Dallas and Pizza Hut Park's happy hour at 6:30 p.m. and kickoff at 8 p.m.
Sat., July 4, 8 p.m., 2009