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FC Dallas head to UAE for preseason

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FC Dallas have announced, on Friday, the first part of their pre-season plans as they head to the United Arab Emirates for two weeks at the end of January.

The tour will make FC Dallas the first MLS club to travel to the UAE and the tour will include training and pre-season friendlies.

The side will leave for Abu Dhabi on January 30th and will return on February 12th leaving just a few days after the squad reports for pre-season training.

In addition to the training, there will be community appearances, including an event for Americans living in the UAE and the side is hoping to play at least three matches while in the Emirates.

Finding at least one friendly shouldn't be difficult as FC Dallas will be staying, and training, at the facility owned by Al Jazira SSC, who will likely face Dallas in a friendly.

Al Jazira came third in the 2012-13 UAE Pro-League, qualifying them for the 2014 Asian Champions League, their sixth appearance in the competition, which saw them finish third in their group in the 2013 edition.

With just under half the season, of the newly named Arabian Gulf League, gone in the UAE Al Jazira find themselves in fourth place, trailing Al Nasr on goal difference, for that vital third place spot.

With Abu Dhabi a small island off the coast of the Emirates most of the other Arabian Gulf League teams are distant but FC Dallas could also find a second friendly there with Al Jazira's local rival Baniyas also on the island.

Baniyas are not as illustrious a club as their local rivals but did claim the 2013 Gulf Cup, a second tier continental competition for Gulf States akin to the Superliga and finished just one spot below Al Jazira in 2012-13.

With Dallas likely to fly through Dubai they could spend a period of their trip there opening up much more possibilities for matches with five clubs calling Dubai home.

By far the most attractive match they could arrange in Dubai is against the UAE's most famous club, Al Ain, two time defending league champions and 2003 Asian Champions League winners.

Al Ain would certainly be an attractive friendly with Ghana star Asamoah Gyan, the man responsible for knocking the USA out of the 2010 World Cup, a member of the Al Ain squad.

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