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August Outlook: The stretch run begins for FC Dallas

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After a perfect July, can FC Dallas sustain the good momentum into August?

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The last few weeks have been nothing short of excellent out of FC Dallas. Five straight wins, a perfect record in July and unbeaten in their last six league games. All is going well as FC Dallas enters the stretch run of the 2015 season.

August beings this weekend with a trip to the Windy City for the guys but can FCD continue this good form as the schedule begins to get tougher?

Chicago Fire - away - August 2 (6:00 pm)

First up is a road trip to Illinois to battle the Brimstone Cup rivals. While this rivalry has lost a ton of its luster over the last few years, this is still a very important game right now in the season. The Fire are one of those teams that FCD should beat every time out on the field. They're 2-6-2 in their last ten matches and even though they have a new DP in Gilberto, the Fire have one of the worst offenses in the league.

LA Galaxy - home - August 15 (8:00 pm)

The next big test will be the visiting Galaxy with Steven Gerrard and Giovani dos Santos making their first trips to Frisco. As talented as this team is, LA is currently one of the worst road teams in MLS with a 0-6-5 record this season (9 goals for, 21 against). FCD also gets LA at home after getting their first bye week of the season too. Yeah, at week 23, we're finally going to get a break from the action.

Vancouver Whitecaps - away - August 22 (9:00 pm)

For the last couple months I have had this game circled on my calendar. The Whitecaps have been one of those teams this season that have been right in the thick of things at the top of the standings. Oddly enough though they do have one of the weaker home records in MLS right now this season (5-4-1 at BC Place). Vancouver is a team that always gives Dallas some fits with their style of play in the midfield and attack; throw in the turf at BC Place and you have one tough road trip.

Real Salt Lake - home - August 29 (8:00 pm)

Right now I honestly do not know what to make of RSL here. I expected them to be down going into this season and so far they have met those expectations a bit as they currently sit just below the red line in the Western Conference. They've actually scored the least amount of goals away from home this season so far with just six. Seeing as how they trades away their top goal scorer in Alvaro Saborio a couple weeks ago.

Outlook

So we go back to a two home game, two road game set up for the next month. I thought going into last month that 10 points were possible for the month and FCD ended up with 12. This is one of those months that I think nine is totally achievable, but I would settle for seven or eight as well. I think, again, you have to win those two home games no matter what. If this team has Supporters' Shield hopes, then picking up at least two points in the road games is a must; though I'd argue that they need four to be safe.

What do you think is doable in August? Six points? Nine points? Or can FCD continue this impressive run and go for all 12 again?