So here we are, the first month of a new season for FC Dallas. The club has already completed in two CONCACAF Champions League games, and we all know how that ended with the team crashing out of that tournament for a second straight year.
Now the team can focus solely on the league schedule ahead. This month puts them at home, the entire month with plenty of time to get things right for the season.
Real Salt Lake - home - March 3 (7:00 pm)
Up first is our home opener against Salt Lake. RSL appears to be one of the better teams in the conference this season, and one that definitely has a chip on their shoulder entering 2018.
RSL is another young team like FC Dallas that missed out on the playoffs in 2017. They still have veteran guys like Nick Rimando in goal and Kyle Beckerman (sans his hair) in the midfield. This will be one of the tougher season openers that FCD has had over the last few years as they look to extend their winning streak on opening day.
Seattle Sounders - home - March 18 (4:00 pm)
The gap between game one and game two was thanks to a potential CCL trip to Mexico. With that off the books, FCD can rest up and prepare nicely for a visit from the Sounders. Seattle is going to be without Jordan Morris this season, so their attack may be a little interesting and they’re brining back nearly everyone that was apart of their MLS Cup run last year.
But the lingering question I still have is: did this Seattle team do enough this winter to their defense? Maybe they did with newly signed center back Kim Kee-Hee and maybe they still have work to do.
Portland Timbers - home - March 24 (2:30 pm)
Last up in the month is another Cascadia visit, this time with the Timbers. New manager Giovani Savarese’s team still has a lot of quality in the attack with Diego Valeri and a now healthy Fanendo Adi. But that defense is still old and not getting any younger by the minute. There are still plenty of questions that will get answered by the time this one rolls around but we know Portland is a team that wants to get back to the top of the mountain here in 2018.
All three teams coming into town have as many question marks to start the season as FCD does here too. Some center around aging players, some around new players getting acclimated to the league.
Like I’ve always said, you have to win your home games in this league. No excuses. Nine points in there for the taking in March and really anything less than five or six would be a disappointment in my book.
What do you think is a reasonable point total for FCD this month? Hit us up below and let us know what you are expecting.