Here we are, the final few games of the regular season for FC Dallas. So far, Luchi Gonzalez has worked his magic as much as he could to get the team to a decent spot before the September FIFA break. Dallas currently sits a couple points above the playoff line, but teams below them have some games-in-hand during this break.
September has four games for FC Dallas, three of them on the road. Getting into the playoffs is going to require a big effort from the team like we saw in Montreal a couple of weeks back.
Chicago Fire - away - Saturday, September 14 (2:30 pm)
The annual Brimstone Cup match is up first once the break is over. The Fire are currently four points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but you never really know which Chicago team will actually show up week in and week out. Dallas hasn’t won in Chicago since 2011, which just seems like centuries ago. A win would be spectacular here but a draw also wouldn’t be the worst. Really, you just can’t drop points to a weaker opponent at this stage in the season.
Seattle Sounders - away - Wednesday, September 18 (9:30 pm)
Midweek games haven’t been kind to FC Dallas this season. The last time we saw the guys out on the road in the midweek was just a couple of weeks ago in LA. Seattle is a team that is gunning for a playoff spot as well in the crowded Western Conference. We know trips to the Pacific Northwest haven’t been too great over the years but this could be a matchup that favors FCD if Cobra is still scoring. Again, a draw would be fantastic in this situation.
New York City FC - home - Sunday, September 22 (5:00 pm)
The lone home game on the slate is possibly the toughest one out there in September. NYCFC has been one of the stronger clubs in the Eastern Conference all season long. They’ll be eyeing home field advantage in the playoffs at this point as they clinched a spot in the postseason this past week. I’ll saw it again though, you have to win your home games. Anything less and you can kiss the post season goodbye.
Colorado Rapids - away - Sunday, September 29 (6:30 pm)
The last match of the month goes to Colorado, a team that will be in spoiler mode at this point in the season. Right now, Kellyn Acosta and company are 12 points back of a playoff spot and really will be playing for 2020 more than anything else under their boss Robin Fraser. We know this can be a tricky match, like we saw last year on Decision Day. You can’t take a team like Colorado for granted in these situations either.
Look, these four games are vital for the playoffs but as long as FCD takes them one at a time and doesn’t look to far in front of them, I think they can do it. It won’t be easy, that is certain. We’ll certainly know more about where things stand once the Chicago game comes around too and the games-in-hand are evaporated a bit.
Still, if you get the three points at home against NYCFC, some how get a win in either Colorado or Chicago, and get at least one draw away from home, you are still going to see this team in the thick of things come Decision Day in October.
What do you all see as doable in September? Do you think six points is doable? What about eight? Or will we see a bit of a collapse down the stretch again?