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FC Dallas vs San Jose Earthquakes: The Hat Trick

The road spell continues, will the losing spell do the same?

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The road trip winds to San Jose for the team's first Soccer Sunday game and while the trip has gotten off to a very sour start, success can still be found.

It's all about how you start

We're all used to the idea of "it's not how you start, but how you finish." For FC Dallas however, that simply does not hold true. This season, FCD is undefeated, winning five and tying once, when scoring first. But, they're just 1-4-0 in games where they concede first. While it might not be too shocking that whoever scores first has the best chance of winning, what it shows is that this team isn't necessarily built to comeback like the San Jose teams of yore.

They've also lost all three games in which they're losing at halftime, and they're undefeated when winning at the half. If FC Dallas wants to shake their losing streak, they've got to come out firing (and scoring) on Sunday.

All or nothing

FC Dallas is regarded as one of the most prolific offenses in the league, and rightfully so. They were fourth in the league last year in goals scored, and despite recent results, are still fifth this year in the same category. We're all aware that this team isn't built to grind out 1-0 wins. Instead, this team is built to score goals in order to win games. I know, it's a groundbreaking game plan, but hey've replaced grit and brutality with speed and crafty midfield play.

FC Dallas is a perfect 5-0-0 when they score two goals or more, but just a meekly 1-4-3 when scoring one or none. It's a shame that this team doesn't have a great chance of winning games where they can't get up and down the field, but that's the team that Clavijo and Pareja have made. I'm all for the offensive game plan we have — just as long as that offense can do it's job.

Test of depth

With international call-ups now in full force —  something that will be a bit of a theme throughout the summer — FC Dallas is really going be tested on their depth. Acosta, Perez, Escobar, and Harris will all be with country in a slew of International Friendlies and U-20 World Cups.

With this comes the question of FC Dallas' depth. It's obvious — and no surprise — that FCD can't afford to have Fabian Castillo miss many games. Zach Loyd will be out so the Hedges-Zimmerman pairing must be in top shape. It seems that David Texeira might get another starting shot, as well as Michael Barrios. Both of those players will need to put in solid work and show that the club made the right move in getting them.

Whatever Sunday evening holds, let's just hope that FC Dallas shows fight and grabs at least a point in San Jose.