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September Outlook: Can FC Dallas begin to lock up a top playoff seed?

Four games in the month, including an important Cascadia trip.

MLS: FC Dallas at San Jose Earthquakes Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

A new month is here as the calendar will roll over to September tomorrow and begin the final two months of the season for FC Dallas.

The Hoops are in a prime position to make the playoffs this season but their lead atop the Western Conference is just one point over Sporting KC at the moment. Basically, every game from here on out has importance. Let’s see what FC Dallas has coming up in September.

Houston Dynamo - home - September 1 (7:00 pm)

Obviously the big one up front is tomorrow night against Houston in the final Texas Derby match. The two sides have met twice already this season in Houston to the tune of a 1-1 draw each time. What will the third installment bring? We’ll certainly find out but we do know that Houston hasn’t won a game since early July, so they are likely desperate for points (they’re ten points back of the playoff line).

Columbus Crew - home - September 15 (7:00 pm)

The other home game comes after a nice little FIFA break, which should give everyone some time to heal and recover from the last two weeks. The Crew are right in the thick of things in the East right now and will want to use a game like this to help keep them in line for one of those home playoff games later on.

Vancouver Whitecaps - away - September 23 (6:00 pm)

Following the two home games are two road games to the Pacific Northwest starting with a Sunday evening clash against the Whitecaps. Vancouver is apart of that clogged up group of teams in the West looking for those final playoff spots. They’re always dangerous at home but this is a team that has been prone to give up a few goals as well.

Portland Timbers - away - September 29 (9:30 pm)

Lastly, we get the annual trip to Portland. Not only is it a second week in a row in the Pacific Northwest but a second game in a row on turf. I think that is an important thing to note for this portion of the schedule. The Timbers were dominant for most of the summer going 15 games without losing before seeing a four-game losing streak recently. Which Timbers side will we see at the end of the month? The summer-dominant one or the one that lost four straight?

Outlook

No matter how you spin it, this is a rough month to deal with. The two home games pretty much feel like must-win type games at this point if FC Dallas wants to maintain their top seed hopes. I feel at the end of the day, as long as FC Dallas can lock up at least a bye in the first round, that will be good but if they don’t locking up a home field advantage in the wildcard round is doubly important.

So, four games with 12 points to grab. Six feels like a must but maybe they can grab a draw in one of the two road games. What do you all think is reasonable for this month?