As a follow up to our 25th season celebration series naming the top 5 players by position in FCD franchise history, I started a Top 5 FCD Players by Number series.
Time for Mr. Lucky! Hello, number 13.
Around these parts, we think numbers are important, and I had the idea that – if the season didn’t restart – it might be fun to spin the Top 5s a bit and do a Top 5 Players by Number series. Of course, the season did restart so the idea went on the back burner… until now.
Disclaimer: The 25th Season Top 5 Player lists were voted on by a committee. These Top 5 Player by Number lists are just mine. So come at me, bro!
Top 5 FCD Number 13s
It’s takes a little gumption, some balls, to wear the “unlucky” 13.
A number not aligned with any position but rather with a mentality.
|1||Dax McCarty||McCarty was our #3 All-Time Linking Mid and was a terrific young player for Dallas after coming out of college at 18 despite his lack of enjoyment for playing under Schellas Hyndman. Dax was a key part of the 2010 MLS Cup run then was insanely left exposed in the expansion draft. FCD numbers: 93 games, 71 starts, 5 goals, and 17 assists. 289 MLS games later he is still kicking but in MLS. If he has stayed in Dallas he would be a club legend.|
|2||Tesho Akindele||Tesho came in at #4 in our Off-Striker ranking, #5 Most Underrated, and #1 Impact Sub. He never became a full-time starter in Dallas but his numbers are undeniable: 142 games, 71 starts, 27 goals, and 8 assists (including playoffs). 2014 MLS Rookie of the Year.|
|3||Brian Haynes||An Honorable Mention Right Mid/Wing for the Burn and T&T International, Haynes went on to be an assistant coach for the club. Haynes was 7 years into his career when MLS launched and spent a solid 5 years playing for the Burn as a 50% starter, 50% bench threat. Dallas career: 87 games, 42 starts, 9 goals, and 6 assists.|
|4||Zdenek Ondrasek||Man, people love them some Kobra. In the end – after doubting him for near a year – I did too. But over his 1 and a half seasons in Dallas, he played a paltry 23 games with 12 starts, 9 goals, and 3 assists. Good production in percentage terms but those numbers aren’t gonna get him high on any list.|
|5||Hernan Pertuz||The 5th spot on the number 13 list was a tough one. In the end Pertuz’s one season (30 games, 24 starts, and 1 goal) edges out Carl Bussey’s two seasons (9 games, 1 start, and 1 assist) and Maykel Galindo’s one season (6 games, 1 start). Take note, whoever takes the 13 in 2021, there’s room on this ranking for you!|
What’s your list look like?
#13 – All-Time FCD Roster
|Zdenek Ondrasek||2019 to mid 2020|
|Tesho Akindele||2014 to 2018|
|Dax McCarty||2006 to 2010|
|Mandi Urbas||End 2003|
|Carl Bussey||2002 to Mid 2003|
|Brian Haynes||1996 to 2000|
The number 14. The most important number in FC Dallas franchise history.