FC Dallas’ match against D.C. United vitally important to how the rest of the summer goes

The last three weeks have been very kind to FC Dallas. The last three weeks have been very kind to FC Dallas.

Since coming back from the franchise-record five-match road trip that saw them travel all over, from Montreal to Seattle and a number of points in between, and securing just two points, the Hoops have seen their fortunes reverse here the past few weeks. In the last three matches, though sandwiched in between a 4-0 U.S. Open Cup loss to Kansas City, FC Dallas has rebounded nicely with three wins — all of which were shutout victories. The result was a massive swing for the Hoops, who went from just above the playoff cutoff line to in a three-way tie for first in the Western Conference with games in hand over Vancouver and Seattle.

But as with all good things, there is a kicker: those three teams — Houston, New England and Orlando — weren’t exactly quality opponents. Houston is, well, Houston. New England has struggled mightily this month. And Orlando was missing Kaka, Cyle Larin (the two of which have been basically all of their offense) and Brek Shea.

Now, FC Dallas will get a chance to secure that quality win that they’ve been missing in this recent run with a home match Saturday against Eastern Conference leading D.C. United.