It may not be an understatement to say that the next couple of weeks will really determine the season for FC Dallas. While the calendar has flipped to June, the international break helped put a pause on the rough start for Luchi Gonzalez and company. Now it is time to get back to work and with that, finding a way out of this funk that has plagued the team to begin 2021.
There are just three games this month but with the first game of July being on the annual home game on the 4th and the three following that being on the road, it is critical for these next three games to go better.
Here is a quick look at what is coming up and what FC Dallas should be able to get out of it.
Minnesota United - home - June 19
Speaking of understatements, saying FCD wants revenge on the Loons after their late loss a few weeks back in Minnesota probably falls in that category. FCD nearly had a nice scoreless draw in Minnesota only to lose out on a point in the final minutes of extra time. Revenge has to be served up here and while the Loons have played better in recent weeks (unbeaten in their last three games), they’re still a team that is dealing with injuries and chemistry issues. It can’t be stated enough how important home games are from here on out either.
LAFC - away - June 23
The first Wednesday night game of the season takes us to LA against another team that has been surprisingly struggling to find their form in 2021. Part of that is due to the in and out nature of Carlos Vela’s status in the Bob Bradley’s lineup due to health and the other is just this group figuring themselves out in the early goings of the season. Given the travel and the restrictions of that these days, I would imagine that the tight turnaround won’t be in FCD’s favor. Expect a more defensive unit out on the field for this one as they really do look for a draw or even a late surge off the bench for a rare road win.
New England Revolution - home - June 27
While the LA game should be the toughest one of the lot, I’d actually peg this one to be the hardest game of the month, even at home. The Revs are the current pace-setters in the Eastern Conference and Bruce Arena has seemingly done his usual bit of work on a roster to make this team look like a true contender again. Carlos Gil, Adam Buska, and Gustavo Bou have really become a solid unit for the Revs and the results are showing.
Most years, I would say that six points is what you’d expect from a schedule like this. Basically, your two home games need to be wins and you hope for the best on the road. But this is a really tricky month, even with how short it is on the schedule. Right now, I’d be okay with four or five points. That would at least show some progress and growth out of this club. At the end of the day though, FCD needs results. I want to be optimistic about this schedule but given how last month was, it is becoming increasingly harder to think that way.
What do you all think is realistic this month for FCD? Can they get more than three points? Or is this really the continuation of the funk that we saw that they were in last month?