To say FC Dallas has done well this season so far may be a major understatement. Three months in and the club sits atop the MLS standings with a whopping 27 points after 13 games.
As we've noted on here many times already, the success so far this season are due to a few things like the health of key players, young players stepping up and the relatively easier schedule to begin the season.
Well not the tough part of the schedule is here. June comes with three road games and just one stay at home. Points may be tough to come by in this month if players don't stay healthy but let's also not forget the fact that the club could lose some players to Gold Cup call-ups as well.
So let's see where some points will be earned in the month of June.
Colorado Rapids (away, June 1, 8pm CT)
This one is tough off the bat. The Rapids are playing extremely well and they were a club that gave Dallas fits at the start of the season. Oscar Pareja's club are unbeaten in their last five matches going into this game. Thankfully they too had to deal with a US Open Cup match this week on the East Coast as they lost in Orlando last night. Pareja used a mixed lineup in that 3-1 loss. Thankfully Dallas is much better than they were at the start of this season so this will be a very good match.
Portland Timbers (away, June 15, 4pm CT)
Two weeks to prep for this roadie. The Timbers just like the Rapids are very good at the moment. In fact, Caleb Porter's club hasn't lost a game since Week 2. Yeah. There is a USOC match at home just days before this one and more than likely Portland will be headed to Seattle for a USOC match before this one as well. How both sides handle that USOC match will go a long way in determining how this one plays out. Portland's unbeaten run in league play should continue into this game as they are off this weekend and will play Chicago on June 8th when Dallas is off.
Sporting Kansas City (home, June 22, 7:30pm CT)
The lone home match of the month is a doozy. Sporting KC always plays well in Frisco for some reason. But this one could be interesting for Dallas as it is right around the Gold Cup. Which means guys like Blas Perez, Je-Vaughn Watson and possibly George John will be gone. On the flip side SKC should be without Matt Besler and Graham Zusi as well for this match if that is the case. Either way, Dallas has to get three points in their lone home game of the month, it is an absolute must in my book.
Philadelphia Union (away, June 29, 4:30pm CT)
As tough as the other three matches are this month, this one could go either way. The Union are a streaky club that can be really tough one moment and then really bad the next. They've won a fair share of games this season but they were against weaker competition (DC, Chicago, New England). As long as health remains good and the club isn't picked apart from Gold Cup call-ups, this should be a win in my book.
Road games in MLS are never easy and Schellas Hyndman knows that. A lot depends on how this weekend goes though. If FC Dallas can come out and begin the month with points on the road in Colorado, it will possibly set them up for a decent month. No matter what this will be a measuring stick sort of month for the club. People want to know if this club is good enough to handle the full season and that they aren't just a team that began the season hot.
Out of a possible 12 points, I think five or even six is a real possibility, a win at home with a couple draws wouldn't be the worst thing. The loss in Seattle showed me that this club can go on the road and play well at times but they need to do it for 90 minutes to really make believers out of people.