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July Outlook: Can FC Dallas survive the Gold Cup run?

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Only a few games to contend with but the call ups certainly will test the depth

MLS: FC Dallas at Houston Dynamo Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

We’re nearly at the half way point in our season. In fact, Saturday marks that occasion with the 17th regular season game of the year for FC Dallas. It also marks the beginning of a new month for the club as we push out of the road-heavy June and into a wildly scheduled July.

Last month, we hoped FCD could get at least three points at home, advance in the USOC and pick up road draws where they could. The result was nearly all of that. Let’s see what July has to offer:

Toronto FC - home - July 1 (6 pm)

Naturally playing at home you hope to win and expect to these days but Toronto FC is a tough out with the likes of Sebastian Giovinco, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore all available. Like FCD, they too played on Tuesday night in a Cup competition. FCD may hope to bank on the earlier start time (with some weather assistance to slow them down) and some let down from TFC winning a tournament.

D.C. United - home - July 4 (7:30 pm)

A quick fast forward to the next week for FCD as they have their annual Fourth of July match. If there was a team to get during a touch stretch where your best defenders are out, it could be this one. DCU has only scored 12 goals this season and have struggled away from home. They also have to deal with a longer road trip as they’ll be coming from Montreal on Saturday.

Sporting Kansas City - away - USOC - July 11 (7:30 pm)

While MLS breaks for the Gold Cup, FCD will be back in action in the US Open Cup to battle SKC in the quarterfinals. This is a tough out against one of the league’s best teams at home but SKC will be without several key players and on a fairly short turn around from a Thursday night game.

Montreal Impact - away - July 22 (6:30 pm)

After a nice break from action, FC Dallas returns to the field on the road in Canada. Right now the Impact sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference table with DCU. They are decent at home this year but their defense remains leaky. By this point the club should have everyone back from the Gold Cup and a first choice lineup to go with for the first time all year.

Vancouver Whitecaps - home - July 29 (7:00 pm)

The last game of the month sees FCD back at home, in the hot summer heat against Vancouver. FCD did rather well on the road against this club last month and should have their way with them at home.

Outlook

On paper, this is a month that FCD should load up well on points. But the international call ups, the pending return of Walker Zimmerman (likely after the Gold Cup) could complicate things. I still believe you do as much as possible to win those three home games and at least get a draw in Montreal and find a way to advance past KC in the USOC.

What do you think is doable this month? Five to nine points? Let’s hear it below.