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September Outlook: Can FC Dallas get back to their normal self?

After six winless games, FC Dallas now hits the most important stretch of the season.

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For the last month and a half we’ve seen FC Dallas go from the conference leader to a team that is just hovering around the playoff’s red line. A long winless streak will do that for you but there could be hope right around the corner with a new month on tap.

Six games are in store for the club this month, three home and three on the road. Let’s see what is in store.

New York Red Bulls - home - September 2 (8 pm)

Out of the gate is this weekend’s match with New York, a team that has quietly turned their season around during the summer with a nice string of wins. Their attack is still pretty stiff with the likes of Sasha Kljestan and Bradley Wright-Phillips leading the way. Given the absences that FCD will be dealing with during this international window, this will be a tough test.

Atlanta United FC - away - September 10 (2:30 pm)

After that will be the first MLS game in the shiny new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta. Given that there will be a massive crowd expected for this one, you can imagine that this will be a very tough out for FCD should they fail to get a win against New York. Big crowds, lots of emotions, and a team fighting for a playoff spot could make for a fun afternoon though.

Seattle Sounders - home - September 16 (7 pm)

Our second home game of the month sees the Sounders come in for the first time this season. We’ll see the Sounders twice in the final two months with this being the first meeting. Three points will certainly be a must in this one.

Minnesota United FC - away - September 23 (7 pm)

Two expansion teams in one month can either be a good things or a bad one. I would imagine Minnesota will be playing for pride at this point as they’re a bit too far from the red line at the moment to make a serious push. But FCD does have a bad history of playing down to their competition in games like this.

Colorado Rapids - home - September 27 (7 pm)

We quickly turn around and have a midweek home game with the Rapids, another team that should be playing for pride at this point in the season. Colorado still owns the league’s worst record at the moment and given their coaching change since our last meeting, I wouldn’t expect a ton of changes by this game.

Orlando City SC - away - September 30 (3 pm)

Lastly, we get to see another new venue as we head to Florida for the lone meeting of the year against the Lions. Orlando is still fighting in the East for a playoff spot but you do wonder if they’ll run out of time by this point in the season. They’ve been decent at home this year in their new building but not unbeatable.

Outlook

So there we have it. Six games and a lot to play for here. At the moment we have about two games in hand on nearly everyone in the conference, which will likely be gone by the time this month wraps up. Those three home games are now must-wins in my mind with at least two of the road games being draws. I think if somehow this group can rebound this weekend against New York and begin to pick up some momentum, they’ll be fine in the playoff race.

But one or two more losses to the current stretch (which is a real possibility), could spell disaster for the defending Supporters’ Shield champs.

What do you think FCD will be able to achieve this month in terms of points? Let us know below.