Exciting month for anyone keeping up with the Western Conference playoff race or the MLS Supporters' Shield race! Toyota Stadium is hosting the LA Galaxy (Oct 12th) and the Portland Timbers (Oct 25th), while we travel to Colorado (Oct 18th) and Vancouver (October 4th). The only team not in the thick of a race is the Colorado Rapids who have fallen spectacularly since their early season form, that sounds familiar. Anyway, if you haven't come up to Toyota Stadium this season it'll definitely be a great month to visit at least once as the season nears the end. Let's catch Salt Lake!!!
Let's talk about our visitors first as LA Galaxy and Portland both come to town each in a race of their own. Portland is currently vying with Vancouver for the final playoff spot in the West and their latest collapse this past weekend against Toronto surely won't help their case. After leading 0-2 away from home at BMO Field, the Timbers let in 3 goals to lose all 3 points they had in their hands. That collapse might give us heart going into our home game with them, but we have to remember that just one month ago the Timbers ruthlessly dismantled the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Whitecaps' horribly sunlit home. Both in Canada, but completely different sides of the Portland Timbers. The visiting crowd seems to always come out in numbers for the Portland Timbers, so be sure not to miss this one! Depending on both teams form I'd say this fixture is up in the air, but I'll go ahead and predict 3 points for FC Dallas. Quick note: Will Johnson, PTFC captain, broke his leg this past weekend. Wish him a speedy recovery, his absence will most likely hurt the Timbers when they come here to Frisco.
LA Galaxy will be a tricky home game, but from what I read Jurgen Klinnsman will help us out a little by scheduling Landon Donovan's USMNT farewell game close to this fixture so it'll be unlikely he appears during this match up. It'll be disappointing not to be able to see Landon Donovan play in Frisco just one more time, but in terms of trying to catch RSL it's a blessing in disguise for us. Last home game against the LA Galaxy, if memory serves correctly, Landon Donovan scored a hat trick I believe. LA will surely miss that firepower, but their hunger for another trophy for Donovan should push them on to grab a point from us here. I hope I'm wrong though, the only thing better than seeing disappointed Seattle fans this past week is seeing disappointed LA fans.
David Ousted & company have to have this date circled, to get revenge and points from an FCD team they haven't been able to beat this season. Canada usually isn't a friendly place for Dallas, maybe it's the cold. With FCD visiting the terribly sunlit facility that is BC Place, this game is a toss up. Since July, Vancouver has only dropped one game on their home turf and that was to PTFC. In that time span we grabbed a point through a fortunate game where we led at halftime. Their home wins since then have included victories against Real Salt Lake this past weekend, San Jose before that, and Sporting KC a few games before that. 2 of those teams were in the finals last year. While Vancouver have looked good at home, FC Dallas is on a 3 game road losing streak ever since they embarrassed the San Jose Earthquakes in California 0-5. Don't hate me, debate me, but I say we might drop this one by just 1 goal.
Colorado Rapids, they've taken a FC Dallas-esque fall from playoff contention and will most likely be out of the picture by the time we visit them. Pareja's old team has not won a game since July 25 when they beat Chivas USA 3-0. That's over 2 months without a win and that has kicked them out of the playoff picture. I've said this before, but the FCD vs Rapids fixtures were ones Colorado fans were hungry for, and I believe MLS was also hungry to see this become a big thing. But so far Pareja has beaten up on his old side and Colorado fans are hilariously quiet about it. Hopefully we can complete the sweep and I'm predicting we do! 3 points FCD.
If anyone was doing their math I'm going for a bold 7 points from 4 games prediction. 3 of these teams are in a hot race, but y'all have to remember we're in a race of our own! Tesho needs to win that rookie of the year title, we need to top RSL to get that 3rd place in the West, and we need to show the league that beating Seattle was just the start of a run to the playoffs! The weather is going to be perfect this month, so no excuses from any of y'all on why you can't make it out! Leave comments below, discuss y'all's predictions, or tear mine apart.