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July Outlook: Can FC Dallas survive the heavy road schedule?

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Four road games in July could really make or break this season.

MLS: New England Revolution at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The bulk of the 2021 season schedule is about to really hit for FC Dallas as we begin the month of July. There are six games in total, four of them away from the friendly confines of Toyota Stadium. There are also two away games on a Wednesday night, which always makes for a tough turnaround for this group.

Let’s get into the schedule and see where the points may or may not come from for the club.

MLS: D.C. United at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Whitecaps - home - July 4

Let’s just say, if FC Dallas can get the win in this one on Sunday it will at least begin a two-game win streak going into a three-game road trip. This is certainly a must-win for FC Dallas despite the positive result last weekend against New England.

Vancouver has been struggling even more so than FC Dallas has in 2021 too. Part of that is due to the nature that they’re basically playing away from home all season long because of COVID travel restrictions between the US and Canada. They’ve been ‘at home’ in Utah this season where they’ve picked up their only two wins. So far, they’re winless on the road.

LA Galaxy - away - July 7

The Galaxy have been much better in 2021 than what we’ve seen in previous seasons. Part of that is due to Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez finding his way again and becoming an MVP-level striker for the Galaxy. The other part of it is Gregg Vanney’s vision for the club is starting to take shape with the defensive side of this group finally starting to look better. Not great, but better (they’ve given up 15 goals this season, just like FC Dallas). If FCD is able to stop Chicharito, they’ll possibly leave LA with a point, which would be a massive improvement over their last four road games.

Portland Timbers - away - July 17

We know the Timbers are going to want this game in a big way after FC Dallas knocked them out of last year’s playoffs in Oregon. So emotions will likely be high during this one for both sides, which actually could play into FC Dallas’ hands. Portland has dropped points at home this season, losing twice as of this publication.

Colorado Rapids - away - July 21

The last trip to Colorado did not go great for FC Dallas, as the Rapids pretty much took care of things in a 3-0 win. As this is a midweek game, we could see a ton of rotation in this one for FC Dallas. Let’s just say I don’t have a ton of confidence going into this one right now.

LA Galaxy - home - July 24

Despite not playing the Galaxy since 2019 (thanks COVID), we’re getting them twice in one month. This one will be the next home game after this weekend, a good three weeks between the two.

Again, you gotta win home games this month no matter what.

Sporting Kansas City - away - July 31

Last and certainly not least is a rivalry game of sort in KC to close out the month. FC Dallas has picked up some results in this building in recent trips, so it is doable. But Sporting is looking like a good team again this season and will always be tough at home in front of their crowd.

Outlook

So yeah, six games this month with four on the road. Also, if you want to look further down the road the first game in August is the Wednesday following the SKC game in Seattle. Yeah, another roadie. That makes five of the next seven away from home before a three-game homestand in August.

No matter how you spin this month, you have to win those two home games at the very least. It won’t be easy with the amount of travel mixed in but that is the task at hand. Win those two games and find a way to pick up at least a draw or two on the road will probably feel like a victory when it is all said and done.

This month is going to be a turning point for Luchi Gonzalez and his staff. If they survive this month with say nine or ten points, the playoffs will remain in reach. But if they fail to pick up points as they did before beating New England this past weekend, we could be in for a long, long summer.

What do you all believe is a reasonable number of points that FC Dallas can get this month?