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July Outlook: Will FC Dallas remain hot in the summer?

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With only two losses on the season, FC Dallas is in prime position to make the playoffs.

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So far so good for FC Dallas on this 2018 season. We are four months into the season with only two losses. But with a new month on the horizon, things could get interesting as we all know what happened around this time last year. In some ways, this could be a make or break kind of month for Oscar Pareja’s side.

This month will be a big test as FC Dallas plays their major rivals three weeks in a row.

Atlanta United - home - July 4 (7 pm)

The big one up first is against arguably the best team in MLS right now. Atlanta brings their big attack with Miguel Almiron and Josef Martinez to Frisco for the annual July 4th match. FCD is unbeaten in their last nine July 4th matches dating back to 2009.

Real Salt Lake - away - July 7 (9 pm)

Quickly after the American celebration, FC Dallas heads to Utah for a weekend meeting with old rivals RSL. Mike Petke’s side is currently 6-1-1 at home this season. Going into this week, they’ve gone winless in their last three games with two losses in that span.

Chicago Fire - home - July 14 (7 pm)

Dallas returns home the following week for the second and final home match of the month when they host Brimstone Cup rivals Chicago. The Fire have been an interesting bunch to watch as of late as they are unbeaten in five straight games, including a big win over NYCFC this past weekend. Dallas has struggled to beat Chicago in recent years, last picking up a win in 2016. One thing to note is that the Fire do have the Open Cup quarterfinals to deal with the following week, so they may rest some players for this one.

Houston Dynamo - away - July 21 (8 pm)

The rivalry games heat up later this month as FC Dallas battles Houston for the first time this season. You really can throw just about anything out the window going into this when it comes to things like form and factors such as that in this rivalry series. Houston currently sits just outside the playoff zone in the West but they too have the Open Cup to deal with earlier in this week. How they handle their lineup that day may dictate what they use on the weekend.

Sporting Kansas City - away - July 28 (7:30 pm)

If playing Chicago and Houston in back-to-back weeks isn’t enough, FC Dallas ends the grueling rivalry month in a place that they really have struggled at over the years in KC. We know how the last meeting between these two sides went in the Open Cup.

Outlook

There you have it, a really busy and tough month against some big rivals. FC Dallas began to sink this time last year in July after their Open Cup exit but so far this year they haven’t quite had the same issue. Naturally the transfer window is going to play a factor with Mauro Diaz potentially leaving for the Middle East.

So with five games on the slate, FC Dallas has to get at least six points at a minimum to keep their current pace in the Western Conference playoff race. But in all reality they would be good to get eight or nine points too out of the 15 available.

What point total do you see FC Dallas getting this month? Are you worried that playing rivals three weeks in a row is going to burn this team out in some way?