The season rolls into a new month this weekend with FC Dallas getting what will feel like their first real month of action in 2021. Luchi Gonzalez and company will get three games at home (including two in a row coming up) and two games away from home against Western Conference foes.
All the games are important and oddly enough, they’re all on Saturdays this month including one afternoon one in the Texas Derby.
Saturday, May 1: Portland Timbers (home)
First up is this weekend’s big game against Portland. A team that is also coming off a pretty hefty midweek game in the Champions League at home to Club America. If there was a good time to get Portland, it may be this week. They’re still a bit banged up on their roster, the Diegos aren’t getting any younger (both went the full 90 on Wednesday), and they could prioritize this game less than their CCL stuff (and they should).
Saturday, May 8: Houston Dynamo (home)
The first leg in the Texas Derby comes home, which is good. We got a nice glimpse of what Houston is like in the preseason with a win at their building to clinch La Copita. We may be able to take some stuff away from that game and then again we may not be able to by this point. I don’t want to call a game a must-win this early in the season but I may do so with this one as we get closer to it.
Saturday, May 15: Minnesota United (away)
The first roadie of the month sends us north to Minnesota. So far, we haven’t seen FC Dallas play that well away from home at Allianz Field. The Loons have also struggled out of the gate this season, but attackers Ramon Abila and Adrien Hunou are just settling in and their defense has been a bit banged up. Still, it would be nice to see FC Dallas get a result in this building.
Saturday, May 22: Real Salt Lake (home)
The following weekend is back home to RSL. Right now, there isn’t a lot to think of with this RSL team since they’ve only played a single game (an odd number of teams will do this to us). Nonetheless, this is a home game and you need results at home no matter who you are facing.
Saturday, May 29: Colorado Rapids (away)
We meet again. The Rapids came to town in week one and came away with a pretty boring scoreless draw. Will round two be more of the same? I wouldn’t count on it from either side as both will want to push things a little more now that they’ve felt each other out here. Still, getting a result in Colorado would be nice as we’ve seen some decent draws there in recent years go FCD’s way.
I want to think that ten points this month is super doable here but this weekend is really going to tell us if that is the case. You have three games at home in a league where you really can’t lose at home to be a playoff team, let alone an MLS Cup contender. That should be nine points, should be. Those two road games should also be ones where you could scrounge up a draw in too.
Still, the first two weeks of the season have me doubting a bit where this team is heading so I’m thinking seven points may be more realistic.
What do you think about the month ahead?