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October Outlook: Is a Supporters’ Shield on the horizon for FC Dallas?

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Three more league games and one final CCL group stage game round out the season for FC Dallas.

MLS: U.S. Open Cup Final-New England Revolution vs FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

One final month is coming into focus here for FC Dallas on the 2016 season. Three more regular season games stand in the way as the club looks for their second trophy of the year.

FC Dallas has spent the last couple of months dealing with three competitions and will now only have to focus on two with a long gap between MLS games coming up after this weekend. There will be plenty of scoreboard watching during that time as the club waits to see what others do around them in the standings.

Here is what the club has to deal with in October:

LA Galaxy - home - October 1 (7:00 pm)

Seeing how Oscar Pareja opted to go with reserves last night in the CCL, this one means we’re getting all regular starters for the first regular season meeting with LA. FCD did pick up a win at LA earlier this year in the USOC semifinal but that was in a game that didn’t feature a lot of the big names that the Galaxy have at their disposal.

Seattle Sounders - home - October 16 (4:00 pm)

FCD has already faced the Sounders twice this season, one a while back at home in a win and then a second time in Seattle that was a blowout loss back in July. It will be hard to really take anything away from those two games for this one as it could be a moment that we see FCD inch closer to a Supporters Shield. Also, finding a way to deal with Nicolas Lodeiro will be tricky.

C.D. Suchitepéquez - away - CCL - October 20 (7:00 pm)

The return leg with the Guatemalan champs won’t come at an easy time for FCD either as it will be just days before Decision Sunday in MLS when the club heads to LA. You got to figure Pareja will attempt to do what he did last night and try to get a draw with a group of reserves to help preserve legs for the LA game that Sunday. Though, if a Shield is locked up by this point somehow, it may not matter who he takes.

LA Galaxy - away - October 23 (3:00 pm)

And yes, Decision Sunday or Decision Day depending on what you call it comes down to a trip back to LA. We’ll know a ton by this point as to what FCD needs out of this game. Either way it will be a fun one to watch as the regular season wraps up.

Outlook

Like we mentioned above, we’ll know a ton about what needs to happen in that final road game once we get to it. I’ve said all along here that as long as FCD gets wins at home against LA and Seattle, they’ll be in a great spot to win the Shield. They will need some help around the league for sure to make that happen but as long as they take care of business in those two games, and lock up those six points, the Shield will be theirs for the taking come Decision Day.

What do you all see happening this month? Six points and a trophy? Seven points and a trophy? Or something else like just four or five points without a trophy?