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April Outlook: Will FC Dallas see Champions League glory or hangover?

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FC Dallas has had a nice start to 2017, but will April bring something even bigger?

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The season rolls into a new month here as FC Dallas begins a busy month of April. Between the Champions League and regular season play, this could be one of the most important months in club history when it is all said and done (and if things go our way).

Pachuca - away - Champions League - April 4 (9:00 pm)

We’ll dive way more into this game in the next day or so but that 2-1 advantage certainly helps matters out going into this game. One more goal would be spectacular but also giving up nothing on the defensive end may be the priority.

Minnesota United - home - April 8 (7:00 pm)

Right after the CCL game we get easily one of the worst defensive in MLS back at home. I’m not sure how we lucked into that sort of scheduling but I do fear the trap in this one after whatever happens Tuesday night. If Oscar Pareja opts to give some starters a rest for this one, I would love to see some of the young guys get minutes in it.

San Jose Earthquakes - away - April 14 (10:00 pm)

Man, we always seem to get San Jose away on a Friday night. It isn’t a tough place to play but San Jose has proven to be good at home so far this year. I do think they still have defensive issues to sort out that our speed could take advantage of on the counter.

Sporting Kansas City - home - April 22 (7:00 pm)

Well we meet the Sporks again. Or maybe not (more on that below). We know that our reserves can handle this group, but what about our main starters? And at home?

Portland Timbers - home - April 29 (7:00 pm)

Portland arguably has one of the best front six in MLS right now with the likes of Diego Chara, Darlington Nagbe, Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi. But I still feel that defense can be exposed on the counter and on set pieces.

Outlook

If that Pachuca game goes our way, you can almost bet that Sporting KC game will move with the finals set to be on April 19 (leg one) and April 26 (leg two). We’ve already seen MLS move one game to help FCD and the KC game seems like the likely culprit to go as well. Or that San Jose game. Or both. Time will tell on that front.

As far as the league play goes, which is usually what we’re talking about here. On paper you have three home games. As long as this group doesn’t have that CCL hangover that most MLS sides get following an exit or finish in that tournament, we could see them come away with some decent points in this month.

I always say at a minimum you win your home games but there could be some grace here with the CCL. Minnesota has to be a win no matter what and I would think getting four points out of those other two home games is good enough as well. That road game in San Jose is always tough but a draw there would be a nice result too.

What do you see happening in April?