FC Dallas finished the month of March about where we all expected them to with nine points from the four games. Sure there was that ugly match in Houston but I'd like to think most of us have moved on from that horrible showing.
The calendar is about to turn to the next page tomorrow and that means it is time once again to go through things to see what we should expect from FCD over the next month. April has six, yes count them, six games to contend with.
Columbus Crew SC - home - April 2 (8:00 pm)
The first one on the docket is this weekend as we see last year's Eastern Conference Cup participants, or whatever the marketing folks at FCD are calling them. Columbus has one point in three games this season, but I would expect a cagey match between these two squads.
San Jose Earthquakes - home - April 9 (8:00 pm)
Back-to-back home games here to begin the new month. San Jose is going to be one of those tough outs each time this season with the way Dominic Kinnear has built this team. They have the rough guys in the back in their defense to go along with the crafty veterans in their attack like Chris Wondolowski.
Portland Timbers - away - April 13 (9:30 pm)
It kind of stinks that our first rematch with Portland is away from home but it is what it is I suppose. The Timbers have also struggled a bit out of the gate with just one win in three games. We know how games on this field generally go too. I will be curious to see what kind of reception Maximiliano Urruti gets at his old stomping grounds.
Sporting Kansas City - home - April 17 (6:00 pm)
On the heels of playing Portland will be a Sunday evening clash with SKC. I would imagine this will be a chance that some of the depth that has been brought in will get put to the test. Right now, SKC has started off strong with three wins in three games. I still question whether or not their veteran additions can help them out for the long haul this season though.
Vancouver Whitecaps - away - April 23 (9:30 pm)
Our first trip to Canada this season puts us in Vancouver. Just like the Portland (and Seattle) matches, we know the turf is always a fun element to deal with. The Whitecaps have started off the season with a couple wins, mostly thanks to the penalty spot. Just something to keep in mind when we visit them.
New York Red Bulls - away - April 29 (6:00 pm)
And finally, to cap the month we head to the Big Apple on a Friday night. New York has struggled defensively this season without the likes of Matt Miazga leading their central defense. I would expect them to turn things around by this point as there is still too much talent across that roster not to improve from a slow start in March.
Boy, six games for a total of 18 available points. The even split of home and away games is nice but those last two are apart of a three-game road trip that bleeds into May. I think a fair assessment of this month would be 10 points but if the guys could somehow pick up wins at home and draws on the road that would bring us 12 total points. Not a bad thought.
What do you all think is realistic for this month? Will we see more success or will this begin our annual spring into summer slump?