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August Outlook: Can FC Dallas keep their Supporters’ Shield pace?

FC Dallas is on a good pace to contend for the Shield again, but will August derail them any?

MLS: Chicago Fire at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

A new month is upon us here as FC Dallas begins their path to the playoffs with a schedule that sees the club get back on the road for some important games.

Let’s dive into what we can expect from a road-heavy August.

San Jose Earthquakes - home - August 4 (7 pm)

Up first as we all are probably aware, is a home match against the league’s bottom club. San Jose has two wins to their name this season and oddly enough it is against only one club (Minnesota). They haven’t won a game since last fall and are looking more like a club that has little clue about their true identity.

Seattle Sounders - away - August 12 (9 pm)

This is one the games that got a time change recently to account for national TV. It gives us our first big trip to Seattle this season. The Sounders are currently on a rather impressive run in the second half of the season after their slow start. We’ve seen them do this year after year as of late before they get into the playoffs. Right now they’re five points out of a playoff spot, so you know this will be a tough out.

Minnesota United - home - August 18 (7 pm)

The last home game of the month brings in Minnesota, a team that FC Dallas has done well against so far in MLS play. Minnesota is currently hovering around that playoff line and will need road results like this one to stay in the hunt.

Houston Dynamo - away - August 23 (8 pm)

The back end of the month sees some weird scheduling, including this Thursday night game in Houston. FC Dallas nearly snagged three points from their last trip down I-45, and will want to get the job done this time around.

San Jose Earthquakes - away - August 29 (9:30 pm)

The last match of the month sees a Wednesday game in San Jose. This one could be a bit of a trap game after the Thursday in Houston and before the Saturday game to start September at home against Houston. Maybe this is one of those games that Oscar Pareja takes a gamble with five or six Homegrown players in his lineup should San Jose continue to be low in the standings.

Outlook

It is hard to complain too much about where things are with this club right now. FC Dallas has only three regular season losses to their name so far after five months of play. Now that they’ve gotten over their hump in Kansas City, they’re in prime position to make a serious run for the Supporters’ Shield.

Looking at this month, those two home games are an absolute must to continue that pace, but finding a way to get results in those three road games could play a big factor down the schedule as well.

What do you expect out of this month? Six point minimum or a nine point maximum? Something in-between? Let’s discuss it below.