Jesse Metcalfe, star of TNT’s Dallas, will help FC Dallas open the 2013 Major League Soccer season as the traditional honorary scarfer of the Lamar Hunt statue before kickoff of the season opener presented by AdvoCare on Saturday, March 2.

Metcalfe and FC Dallas have teamed to support North Texas Food Bank with a special ticket offer here. A portion of proceeds from tickets purchased through the link will go back to the food bank (up to $10 per ticket).

The game versus Colorado will also feature postgame fireworks and is slated to kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT at FC Dallas Stadium. The scarfing ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. on the North Concourse.

For the second season, the popular Lamar’s Tailgate is back on the North Concourse with a DJ and the Budweiser Build-a-Bar, as well as new concessions such as CiCi’s Pizza. Fans can also check out the newly expanded Budweiser Beer Garden, featuring beer specials, or get an up-close look at Austin Dillon’s AdvoCare No. 3 NASCAR Nationwide Series Show Car.

The first 5,000 fans will receive a promotional FC Dallas poster.

FC Dallas is also introducing Club 96 on the Northwest Plaza Terrace, a new private, premium location for adults 21 and up. Club 96 will feature a full-service bar, televisions, fans/shade and food.

As for the game, it is a continuation of a long-standing rivalry between these two clubs who met in the MLS Cup in 2010. Colorado won that game, 2-1, to win its first MLS Cup title. It was FC Dallas’ only appearance in the championship game.

Since that successful season, FC Dallas struggled in 2011 and 2012, failing to make the playoffs in 2012. Part of the reason for last season’s slump was the absence of midfielder and team captain David Ferreira. Ferreira (pictured in the photo above right) was 2010 MLS MVP and missed several games last season because of injuries.

Kenny Cooper returns to FC Dallas after finishing second in MLS in 2012 for goals scored while playing with the New York Red Bulls. In addition to playing for FC Dallas from 2006-09, he grew up in Dallas and played high school at Jesuit.

Another local tie to the game: Colorado head coach Oscar Pareja was previously part of the FC Dallas coaching staff.

FC Dallas also has a favorable schedule this season. The Los Angeles Galaxy, the winners of the last two MLS Cups, come to town twice: April 3 and Aug. 11. In addition, all but two of their 16 home games will be played on either Saturday or Sunday. Plus, one of those two non-weekend home games will be on July 4.

In addition to the return of Cooper, other top newcomers to the FC Dallas roster include Peruvian National Team goalkeeper Raul Fernandez, French International standout Eric Hassli and Brazilian defender Michel. Also two homegrown FC Dallas Academy players – Bradlee Baladez and London Woodberry.

Single-game, group and season ticket packages are still available at affordable prices. For more information on group or season tickets, contact Adam Zeek at 469-365-0022, e-mail azeek@cdallas.com or go to fcdallas.com/getinandwin.

McKinney Chamber of Commerce members can receive a discount for the first two home games. Click here for more details.