August is over and done with as FC Dallas continues to sit atop the league table. Now we head into arguably one of the most important months in club history. FC Dallas has six total games to deal with again, with four of the six at home.
Just like last month, they have to deal with games in three different competitions. FCD made it out of August with only four points in league play (in three games), four points in CCL play, and they advanced in the USOC to the finals. Some may not call that a great month but it was pretty dang good.
Here is what the club has to deal with this month:
Portland Timbers - home - September 3 (8:00 pm)
First up is this weekend’s Western Conference finals rematch with the Timbers. Both teams will be missing a slew of players due to the international window (or injuries in Portland’s case). Portland has struggled away from home this season, going winless away from Oregon.
Colorado Rapids - home - September 10 (8:00 pm)
Some may say this is the biggest game of the month but it really just kick starts an important week for the club. Colorado continues to linger around the standings with FCD and this is a true six-pointer if there ever was one. You beat Portland and then Colorado in back-to-back weekends and you set yourself up well for the stretch run.
New England Revolution - home - USOC - September 13 (9:00 pm)
This is the game of the month for sure. Never mind that late kickoff but FCD knows this is an all-out kind of game against a team that has really been struggling in league play as of late. New England knows this could be their season right here so FCD can not take this one lightly.
New York City FC - away - September 17 (6:00 pm)
What could easily be a let down or trap game is the end of that important week. NYCFC has lingered near the top of the standings as well. They haven’t been great at home though this season and that defense is pretty leaky.
Real Salt Lake - away - September 24 (8:30 pm)
FCD knows all too well how hard it is to pick up points in Salt Lake. RSL is also lingering around the top of the top right now behind FCD but unlike Colorado, they lack the games-in-hand.
C.D. Suchitepéquez - home - CCL - September 28 (7:00 pm)
FCD wraps up the month with a CONCACAF Champions League game at home against a Guatemalan side. We’ll know by this point as to whether or not FCD still has a lead in the group or if Suchitepéquez has taken the group lead when they travel to Real Esteli on September 13.
First and foremost, FCD has to win that title on the 13th. No game is bigger in my mind than that one. As far as league play goes, I think if you win those two home games and find a draw in NYC or RSL, you are going to be looking pretty dang good by October. With 12 points available to grab in league play, seven should be the target, though eight or nine would be pretty spectacular as well.
What are you expectations for this month? Do you see FCD coming out with a trophy and an extended lead in the Shield race? Let us know below.