If you are like me, you like to plan ahead as much as possible. I've been going over some end of the year items for FC Dallas and one that I wanted to touch on quickly was the possible home schedule for next season.
Obviously we don't know the dates and times of any of the games but we should be able to figure out who will be coming to Frisco next season.
If the schedule makers keep things similar to 2012 but just flip the teams that come to town on us we should have a fairly decent looking home slate for 2013 - one that could potentially set some attendance records for the club if things continue to go well for the club in the sales department.
Again, all hypothetical here but this is what the schedule should look like in terms of who comes to town and where FC Dallas has to hit the road to.
The unbalanced schedule should remain in tact, which means FC Dallas will only play each team from the Eastern Conference once in 2013.
|Sporting Kansas City||New York Red Bulls|
|D.C. United||New England Revolution|
|Chicago Fire||Montreal Impact|
|Columbus Crew||Philadelphia Union|
|Houston Dynamo||Toronto FC|
From this you can see that Dallas will have a little more milage on the road in terms of going up the east coast. Dallas pretty much hits the entire Eastern seaboard in 2013, plus two additional trips to Canada.
The best news of this though will be the three home dates with three rivals: Columbus (Pioneer Cup), Chicago (Brimstone Cup), and Houston (El Captian)
The same should ring true for the Western Conference schedule. Dallas will get three games with each conference foe with four teams visiting Dallas twice.
|Colorado Rapids||1 home, 2 away|
|Chivas USA||1 home, 2 away|
|LA Galaxy||2 home, 1 away|
|Portland Timbers||1 home, 2 away|
|Real Salt Lake||2 home, 1 away|
|San Jose Earthquakes||2 home, 1 away|
|Seattle Sounders FC||1 home, 2 away|
|Vancouver Whitecaps||2 home, 1 away|
So the reverse in 2013 should look like this, two visits from RSL, LA, San Jose and Vancouver. If things hold true that is good for Dallas as they've typically done well at home against those clubs in years past.
Obviously a lot can change, MLS could go out and throw this kind of schedule out the window for 2013 by the time the schedule comes out. But most folks seem to believe that until the 20th club enters the league, things will remain unbalanced and look like this.
For FCD this means three rivalry games, two LA games and the potential for plenty of points in 2013 if things go well. Again, I like the chances of setting some attendance records with this kind of potential home slate.