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A quick look at FC Dallas’ MLS is Back group opponents

The three opponents bring a few different things to the table.

MLS: FC Dallas at San Jose Earthquakes Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas is a mere three weeks away from returning to the pitch in Orlando for the MLS is Back tournament. Between now and then we will dive into the three Group B opponents in a bit more detail ahead of those games. But for now, we wanted to size up the three to see how FC Dallas can manage to get out of this group and into the Knockout Round.

Seattle Sounders

2019 Record and Finish: 16-10-8, 2nd in West (MLS Cup Champions)

FCD record against in 2019: 1-0-1 (this is excluding the playoff game)

2020 Record: 1-0-1, 6th in West

Quick thoughts: Yeah, we all know about the Sounders and what they did last season. FC Dallas had the epic playoff game in Seattle that nearly ended in our favor. Instead, the Sounders went on to win the whole damn thing.

On paper, the Sounders got a tad better in 2020 too. They added attacker Joao Paulo and were able to keep a large core of their championship side to boot. They started off the year with Champions League games, where they surprisingly lost to Honduran side Olimpia.

San Jose Earthquakes

2019 Record and Finish: 13-16-5, 8th in West

FCD record against in 2019: 0-0-2

2020 Record: 0-1-1, 11th in West

Quick thoughts: Everyone was a bit surprised with San Jose in 2019. Head coach Matias Almeyda brought his man-marking style of play to MLS and it nearly earned him a playoff spot in his first season. But, as we all recall, they fizzled out pretty badly in the final couple of months of the season and really struggled in that time to look competitive.

2020 has been rough on the Quakes though, between their two games at the beginning of the season to being the dubious team that earned the ‘last to return to training’ monicker during the pandemic suspension.

Vancouver Whitecaps

2019 Record and Finish: 8-16-10, 12th in West

FCD record against in 2019: 0-1-1

2020 Record: 1-1-0, 7th in West

Quick Thoughts: Marc dos Santos appears to have overhauled his Whitecaps roster again for this season after a rather dismal effort in his first season last year. The big signing for them over the offseason was Canadian international Lucas Cavallini, who the Whitecaps signed on a reported transfer fee of $6 million.

Vancouver started off this year with a pretty rough outing against Sporting Kansas City, in a 3-1 loss before somehow surprising the LA Galaxy the following week with a 1-0 win.