Well, June came and went. Four games down and three points later, FC Dallas now heads into another tough month of play. Now that 0-1-3 record in June wasn't so bad. The lone loss was on the road and against one of the league's best clubs, and done so without any strikers for 80+ minutes. The three draws on the other hand showed us plenty about this club and their never say die attitude.
So what will July offer? Hopefully more in the way of points that we saw this club gobble up in the early months of the season.
Chivas USA (July 4, 8pm, home)
Ah the July 4th match at home. You have to love these games. Dallas is 4-4-3 all-time on Independence Day games. Their record with Schellas Hyndman on games on or near July 4 is an unbeaten mark of 3-0-2. Not bad. But let's look at who is coming into town for this match, Chivas USA. The lowly Goats of Southern California. Oddly enough this isn't the same Chivas USA that beat FC Dallas back on Week 2 either. No more Juan Agudelo, Eric Avila, Giovanni Castillo, Miller Bolanos or Laurent Courtios. Chivas hasn't won a game since Week 5, a winless streak that is now at 11-games. If anything this is a must-have three points.
LA Galaxy (July 7, 9:30pm, away)
This one will be tricky for both clubs. Each have a July 4 match to deal with and both clubs have looming Gold Cup matters to work around with as well. Landon Donovan won't be on hand for this one but Blas Perez will be. LA is 1-3-1 in their last five matches including a pretty embarrassing loss on Saturday to San Jose where they gave up not one but two stoppage time goals to lose the match. Games with LA are always close but the chances are good for Dallas to pick up points in this one given LA's current form.
Real Salt Lake (July 13, 8pm, home)
While Real Salt Lake is red-hot at the moment, Dallas may be getting them at home at the perfect time due to the Gold Cup. Once again they will be without Kyle Beckerman, Alvaro Saborio, Nick Rimando, and Tony Beltran all called up for their respective countries. Dallas also has some history on their side against RSL too, as Jason Kreis' club has yet to win in Frisco.
Montreal Impact (July 20, 6pm, away)
I'll get into this one more once it rolls around on the calendar but it won't be easy to win in Montreal. Thankfully I would like to point out this past weekend's 4-3 loss by the Impact to Colorado at home as a blueprint on how to score and beat the Impact. Dallas may not have Perez for this one but as long as the rest of the guys are healthy, they'll have enough to handle Montreal's direct approach to the game.
Stoke City (July 27, TBD, home - friendly)
The big summer friendly on an off-weekend in league play. Really this one means nothing to FCD and their Supporters' Shield hopes. If anything this will be about getting some younger guys minutes and having a good time out with our old pal Brek Shea.
Four more league games with two of them at home this month. Honestly, this is at the very least a six point month in my mind. You win your home games and hope for the best in the two road games. This week will tell us a good deal about how this month will go - four points or more will be a great start, anything less than that and it will be another long month. As tough as the schedule looks, I feel this is a very manageable month for the team as long as players remain healthy here. The Open Cup is behind them and it will be time to re-focus on the season.
What do you all see happening this month? Think six points or more is obtainable? Or do you see the summer decline kick into full gear with more draws and losses?