FRISCO, TX - APRIL 25: Brek Shea #20 of the FC Dallas scores a goal on a penalty kick against goal keeper Nick Rimando #18 of the Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas Stadium on April 25, 2012 in Frisco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
The month of May is a big one for FC Dallas. Six games loom in the MLS regular season and one US Open Cup game is schedule for the end of the month.
With so many games on tab, this is the biggest month to date for Schellas Hyndman and the team (though July is pretty big too but we'll deal with that month when it comes around).
Right now FCD sits with 12 points after nine games. This will be an important stretch for Dallas as it will get the club to nearly the midway point of the season. Gaining the maximum amount of points out of this stretch will go a long way in determining the club's playoff outlook in a very crowded Western Conference.
05.06 (Sunday) - Home - Colorado Rapids
First game out of the shoot this month is a conference rivalry match against the Rapids. So many points on this one that we'll be sure to make later this week like Oscar Pareja's first visit to Dallas, the Ugo Ihemelu against his old club, Drew Moor against his old club, and so on and so forth. Given the current form of the club, this is a big three points at home.
05.09 (Wednesday) - Home - Seattle Sounders FC
A few days later FCD hosts another conference rival, Seattle. Both clubs will be in the middle of a huge stretch of games in a short amount of time. Thankfully for FCD, the first two games in that small timeframe are at FC Dallas Stadium. The Sounders are on good form at the moment and have a big game with LA this weekend. It is a home game, points are a must regardless of how good the Sounders are playing.
05.12 (Saturday) - Away - Columbus Crew
Just a few days after the Seattle game the boys travel to Columbus for the lone Pioneer Cup match of the season with the Crew. Columbus isn't on any sort of hot streak at the moment and are currently near the bottom of the league table with seven points. They're always a tough team to play at home though but it would be a good place for FCD to pick up their first road win of the season too.
05.19 (Saturday) - Home - Philadelphia Union
A week after that the club returns home for a meeting with the Union. Currently Peter Nowak's club has had an up and down, mostly down, season so far. After seven games the club has just 7 points to show for and their road form hasn't been anything to write home about just yet this season either. Three points will be an absolute must with this one.
05.23 (Wednesday) - Away - Chicago Fire
The lone Brimstone Cup match is on the road this season (speaking of which, how come all rivalry games with Eastern Conference clubs are away this season, boo to unbalanced scheduling for that). The Fire are an interesting bunch at the moment, they are good but not great and have some question marks all around. You know they'll do well at home by this point in the month they could be higher in the standings. I think getting a point out of this would be doable but this is certainly one Dallas cannot overlook, for obvious reasons.
05.26 (Saturday) - Away - Real Salt Lake
Yet another short turnaround on the road, this one to one of the toughest venues in MLS, Rio Tinto Stadium. The short turnaround for this one does worry me but these two clubs know each other well. Dallas will have to play like they did in the first half against them here in Frisco if they even expect a point out of this one. It will not be easy, I'll just say that.
05.29 (Tuesday) - US Open Cup Third Round Game
No word yet on the opponent for FC Dallas, and no word yet on whether or not the game will actually be in Dallas. New hosting format makes this all the more interesting for the MLS sides. Just given the pairing for the first and second round that were released yesterday, I'd imagine Dallas will take on the winner of the San Antonio (NASL)/ASC New Stars (USASA)/Laredo Heat (PDL) winner. Just a hunch given the geographical proximity to those two clubs. The tournament likes to keep teams sorta close to one another in the early rounds.
Final Thoughts on May
In my best bet, there are at least 12-15 points there for Dallas in this month. Those road games do worry me a bit, especially the RSL one. I do think the Chicago and Columbus road trips are toss-ups. Each are very winnable but Dallas has to show they can get over the hump on the road. All three home games are a must at this point to get at least a draw if not all three points.