We talked at length about how great the opening month of the season was for FC Dallas. Then we discussed what April would possibly bring. I said there was a chance that the club could get two wins at home and two draws on the road. In the end, that is exactly what happened in April.
So after nine games, FC Dallas has 20 points on the season. Good enough to still be in the lead in the Western Conference and in the overall MLS standings. The club is averaging a solid 2.22 points per game, best in the league and are still tops in goals for with 15.
The calendar is set on a new month today and that means it is time to once again give the monthly outlook as to how many points FC Dallas could get this month. Just like in April there are four games but three of them will be at the friendly confines of FC Dallas Stadium.
Here is the outlook (kickoff times are all CST):
Portland Timbers (May 8th, home, 8:00PM)
Back at the start of the season I would have said this is an easy win for FC Dallas. The Timbers are coming in with a new coach, some new faces and a defense that is still leaky. But over the course of a few weeks the Timbers look like the real deal here. They are unbeaten in their last six games, with their last loss coming at home to Montreal back in Week 2. They do have a game this weekend at home before they come to Frisco but this one won't be an easy one.
D.C. United (May 11th, home, 7:30PM)
Right now the Black-and-Red are sitting at the bottom of the league table. Injuries are playing a big part as key offensive players like Chris Pontius and Nick DeLeon are out. Their defense isn't clicking like it once was and if Bill Hamid doesn't have a big game in goal, they've absolutely struggled. United have dropped five games in a row and play at home against Houston on the same night FC Dallas hosts Portland.
Seattle Sounders FC (May 18th, away, 9:30PM)
The lone road game of the month and it is in one of the tougher places to play in the league. Thankfully Dallas has had some decent success in Seattle over the years so they know what it takes to win up there. Seattle has played the fewest games so far in the league and only have one win to boot. It will be interesting to see how things shake up over the next couple of weeks. Do the Sounders continue to improve? Or will it be more of the same that we've seen out of them so far, with little offense and a defense that lets in a goal here and there?
San Jose Earthquakes (May 25, home, 7:30PM)
It is hard to really make sense of the Quakes so far. They were banged up early on this season and really didn't look like their Supporters' Shield winning self. But now that some key players up front are getting healthy again, things still aren't quite where some folks would have expected them to be. They have four games before they come to Frisco and three of those are home games. I'd imagine by the time they come to town we'll know if they are the same San Jose that gave Dallas fits last year or not.
Just like I said last month, you must win your home games. Two of those home games won't be easy and you really never know what to make of a club like D.C. when they are losing as much as they are here. Still, I think the home unbeaten streak will remain alive and Dallas could get upwards of nine points this month. The trip to Seattle is a toss up in my mind but the points are certainly there for the taking.
How many points do you see FC Dallas taking in this month? Optimistic to say all 12? Or would another eight points this month be enough to keep you happy?