After an embarrassing 5-0 defeat at the hands of in-state rivals, Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas return home for three of the next four after its first road tilt of the year.
The road out of the bottom of the Western Conference does not get any easier, as the scorching hot Montreal Impact come to town, this time with Didier Drogba in tow. The Champions League winning Ivorian is expected to travel with the squad after not playing on turf to begin the season.
Not only do FC Dallas have to deal with Drogba, but the backline has to deal with Ignacio Piatti, who leads the league in goals at three, and is top five in assists with two. He’s deadly, as he showed late last season and early this year.
The Impact sit atop the Eastern Conference, and are one of only three clubs to have six of six available points in MLS play. FC Dallas, on the other hand, only have three points on the season and sit in eighth place of the west.
Houston shut down Mauro Diaz. The Dynamo locked the Argentine down and never quite let-up. Should Dallas want to defeat the Impact, things have to go back to normal.
Diaz has to be getting passes forward and Fabian Castillo and Michael Barrios must be effective. No one should be hitting the panic button after last weekend. It almost feels like last season, when Dallas was thumped by the Colorado Rapids 4-0 at home. Things like last weekend will happen every once in a while. If it happens this week, which it probably will not, then something has to change.
The defense looked rough, to say the least, last weekend. There was little to no communication, and Matt Hedges made the fatal mistake of passing it towards goal with the keeper rushing out. Like mentioned early, things have to go back to normal. Even then, the defense also has to step-up as the Impact are good.
The defensive-mids have to lock down Piatti. If Piatti is neutralized, that gives the backline the responsibility of dealing with Drogba, which is easier than dealing with both Piatti and Drogba. Drogba will still be a handful.
Overall, this is not an easy game for FCD. It will be a tough rebound game, but a good test. The test just comes at a bad time.