The last couple of season FC Dallas has managed to race out of the gate and win a few games in the first weeks of the season. As 2015 is set to kickoff this weekend, it is time to open up the schedule once again and look to see whether or not the guys have a shot at racing out of the gate yet again this year.
San Jose Earthquakes - home - March 7 (7:30pm)
Getting a home game out of the gate is always nice, especially against a team in San Jose that has had a ton of turnover this offseason. In a small way, this San Jose team may feel like some old Houston teams with Dominic Kinnear at the helm again in the Bay Area. We know the Quakes still have some physical players like Victor Bernardez and a poacher in Chris Wondolowski up top.
Sporting Kansas City - home - March 14 (7:30pm)
The first meeting with a new conference rival. SKC has also done a lot of work re-tooling their roster this offseason. One thing to note will be the traveling support that SKC fans will bring to this one, which is always fun to see. Hopefully this will be a fairly well attended game.
Philadelphia Union - away - March 20 (6:00 pm)
The first away game against one of the more interesting teams in the Eastern Conference. To me, getting points in games like this is where FCD can break away from the pack in the Western Conference. Philly has talent on their roster for sure, but collectively they struggled a lot last year to make any meaningful impact. It will be interesting to see how some newcomers fare with this team, like CJ Sapong and Steven Victoria. I do worry about a potential let down in a way with the club looking forward to the next game...
Seattle Sounders FC - home - March 28 (7:30 pm)
Ah yes, the big rematch with Seattle. I'm fairly confident a lot of you circled this one on your calendar before you even circled the season opener with San Jose. Seattle didn't make a ton of moves on their roster from a year ago that won a Supporters' Shield outside a couple draft picks and some Homegrown players. Still, we all know Seattle is talented and what they bring to the table.
There is 12 points available here and truthfully I see at least nine points possible out of this month. Maybe even 10 or the full 12. Right now this team is healthy and having three out of four games at home to start out the season makes me believe that this group can open up the season on a strong note. The only thing I do worry about is discipline getting in the way of a strong start. With a new season, officials will be looking to crack down on things early, which could be tough for a passionate and physical team like FCD.