Last weekend was a bit weird having a game in the month of February for a change to begin a season, that is why I waited before I did my usual monthly outlooks for this week. FC Dallas has three games to deal with in the first full month of the regular season, and a rare early season bye week too.
Here is a quick guide to where the club could get points from in their games:
Montreal Impact - home - March 7
First up is our weekend match that we’ve begun talking about on here against Thierry Henry and the Impact. We’ve seen so far this year that this is a fairly different Impact club than what was out there in the previous years. Henry is willing to bunker his defense a bit to get a result and he is also willing to push players forward to create goals out of nothing (we see you Maxi Urruti).
Still, with the Conacaf Champions League quarterfinals on tap to begin on March 10, it will be intriguing to see what kind of lineup Henry goes with here as you can probably guess he’ll want to play for a road draw in this one to keep some players healthy and fresh for their home match against Olympia.
New York City FC - away - March 14
NYCFC is also in the same boat here with the Champions League as they’ll be playing on Wednesday at Red Bull Arena against Mexican side Tigres. This game will serve as their regular season home debut at Yankee Stadium too, with kickoff coming at a random 11:00 am start time for us here in Dallas.
The Pigeons aren’t going to be an easy out here though despite their season opening loss at Columbus last weekend. New manager Ronny Deila has been saying a lot of the right things to keep things going nicely with this club and so far guys like Heber and Maxi Morales continue to guide this club where some expect them to be.
Seattle Sounders - away - March 21
Ah, the rematch of last year’s playoff game finishes up the month. Seattle would have been in the same boat as the last two teams with the Champions League but their early exit likely means we’ll see a good and likely full strength version of them in this game. Seattle is already off to a solid start in league play though, despite the CCL exit. Jordan Morris is scoring goals again, and will likely be a big thorn against FCD in this one. Also, its a game on turf, let’s not forget that.
So, this is very intriguing that FCD is getting three of the five MLS representatives in the Champions League in March (oh by the way, the first game in April, is also against a CCL representative in LAFC). I don’t think that has ever happened before, probably to anyone in MLS.
Nine points are on the table with just one home game. I think really a positive month would be getting five points (or a win this weekend and then two draws on the road). You have to win this game at home in my book. Anything outside of two draws in New York and Seattle would be a bonus to me in this early stage of the season.
What do you all think is a realistic expectation to this month? Let us know below.