The long month of May is in the books. Tomorrow things cool off (schedule wise, I know June in Dallas means it gets hotter!) and Dallas returns home to start a much lighter month of play in Major League Soccer.
After going unbeaten in their last eight, and unbeaten in the month of May with those seven big games that we talked about at the start of the month, June looks like a nice step back for the club that has to be a bit gassed after this last week.
So what does Dallas have in June that looks so good? Four games. Yup, four of them. And get this, three of them are at the friendly confines of Pizza Hut Park. With 22 points in the bag right now after 13 games it will be just as vital for FCD to walk out of this month with as many points. If somehow they can go a clean four-for-four in the month of June it will jump the Red Stripes to a cool 34 points going in to July, just in time for the CONCACAF Champions League to get underway. (July is another huge month schedule wise with six league games and one CCL game)
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Below is a quick look at each game this month and what Dallas needs to do to continue their unbeaten run.
New England Revolution - The Rev currently sit in the standings at 13 points and have been struggling as of late. With the Gold Cup callups taking effect this weekend they'll be without two big playmakers in their midfield, Shalrie Joseph and Benny Feilhaber (though he looks to be injured anyways). We'll have more on the Revs this week but this should be a three point game for Dallas if they don't get too complacent with things.
Sporting Kansas City - Right now this looks like three points but don't sleep on the Sporks. They'll be coming here right after the opening of their new stadium. They'll either be on an emotional high from playing at home or they'll be burnt out a bit due to the Gold Cup callups that they'll have to deal with. Containing their offense will be key but their defense is pretty week so Dallas should be fine in this one.
Chivas USA - To me this is the toughest game of the month, at Chivas USA. The Goats have looked much better in recent weeks and Robin Fraser has them playing pretty well. They'll be missing some key players for this one though so Dallas will once again have to take full advantage of the depth and talent that they have for this one. Anything less than a draw though would be disappointing.
Portland Timbers - This should be a fun one to close out the month, at home against the Timbers. We saw them finally lose a game at home in league play this past week and don't be shocked if they look more like an expansion team by the time they come to town. No doubt the guys will want three points and revenge for the loss in Portland. Hard to believe it but that was the last team this club lost a game to.
So in all this should be anywhere between a eight point and a 12 point month for the club. I think 12 points is very realistic for the team too based on this past month. As long as the injury bug doesn't hit the team more and the offense continues to make improvements the club will be fine. Getting to 34 points by July will be huge.