Summer is here and so is another busy month for FC Dallas. Five more league games are on the menu with one Open Cup match mixed in the middle.
Yesterday we outlined who all would likely be missing from the team this month and when they could return. Now it is time to break down the schedule for the month ahead.
Seattle Sounders - home - June 1 (7:00 pm)
We know we’ll at least see Carlos Gruezo and Bryan Acosta for this one, which is good considering that Seattle is one of the best teams in MLS right now with just two losses on the season. The Sounders could have a couple of key players missing as well for this one in Jordan Morris and Victor Rodriguez.
San Jose Earthquakes - away - June 8 (2:30 pm)
This is where things could get really interesting in terms of who is available and what Luchi Gonzalez might be able to do with his lineups this month. The midfield will likely be without a lot of key players, as long as injuries don’t take a foothold more so than they already have, we could see a very young team on the field. San Jose won’t be easy as we’ve seen them improve week after week here. At least we know we won’t be victim to Chris Wondowloski’s record-breaking goal.
Oklahoma City Energy FC - home - US Open Cup - June 12 (7:00 pm)
The USOC gets sandwiched right in the thick of things here. We might see some reinforcements back from the U20 World Cup but in case we don’t, this could be a time that Luchi experiments even more with his young roster and just tries some things. Since North Texas SC was not available for the USOC, this could be a place we see a short-term USL loan happen as well, but given their road stretch in June, that might be iffy as well.
Toronto FC - home - June 22 (7:00 pm)
Thankfully, there is a bit of a break between the USOC game and the TFC game. But that is also the beginning of another tough stretch of three games in eight days. You really never know what kind of TFC squad will show up these days. Their defense has been suspect at times lately but they still have one killer attack. TFC will be fresh as they’ll not have a game between June 7 and this one.
Vancouver Whitecaps - home - June 26 (8:00 pm)
A couple of days later you get another home game, this time a midweek game against Vancouver. Seeing that FCD did fairly well in their 2-1 loss last weekend to the Caps, this is a game that could see a lot of reinforcements arrive back in time for.
Portland Timbers - away - June 30 (10:00 pm)
The last game on the schedule for June is a trip to Portland. The Timbers will end their long road trip this weekend. Some how the schedule makers thought it would be funny for them to go on the road to Montreal before hosting Dallas, so there is that to consider in this one.
First off, five league games again this month is going to be tricky. We’re pushing closer and closer to the point where each home game is a must-win. The two west coast road games this month are no easy ones either. If FCD were at full strength with no call ups this month, I would feel a little different but right now my optimism isn’t all that high. I feel like the maximum amount of points really possible is seven this month with three or four really being likely.
The USOC game thrown in there could be tricky as well but I do think it is a good chance for some young guys to get minutes and help this team advance. Though part of me just wants them to be one and done this time around (yes I know that means no CCL next year, but the more breaks this group can get right now, may be for the better).
But what do you think is reasonable given what is going on with the callups right now and who FCD is playing?