The second week of the season has come and gone, with FC Dallas grabbing a huge point on the road to Sporting Kansas City. FCD now has their eyes set on a surprising Chivas USA side as they return home.
FCD is kind of all over the place in rankings this week.
Are these rankings right about FCD? Where do you think the Hoops belong? Which team surprised you?
Rank: 13 (Last week: 12)
Comment: Huge, huge point at KC in a game that was more knife fight than soccer match. Dallas had just one shot on goal on the night, but Matt Hedges made it count with that towering header.
Rank: 6 (Last week: 10)
Comment: It was easy to dismiss last week's win over struggling Montreal but fighting back to tie Kansas City is an effort that will draw a bit more notice, especially given the defensive pieces FCD is missing. It certainly amounts to an encouraging start to the season.
Rank: 9 (Last week: 10)
Comment: Dallas has two good results to kick off the season, taking a point off the defending champion after winning at home the first week. Kansas City had an eye on the Champions League, but it still put out a strong lineup and had more chances to score.
Rank: 13 (Last week: 15)
Comment: Sporting Kansas City dominated play, but FC Dallas only conceded from a late corner. Play that match again (or, play it with Graham Zusi), and Dallas isn't going to be so fortunate, but we did learn something about Oscar Pareja's team in the process. Even without George John, the capable of staying organized in their defensive third, even if they had trouble doing so at times against Montreal.
Rank: 6 (Last week: 11)
Comment: Three days after FCD announced defender Matt Hedges had signed a contract extension, he showed his value by heading a 90th-minute equalizer and then clearing a shot off the goal line in a 1-1 tie at Sporting Kansas City. The point required a true team effort; substitute Michel's free kick set up the goal, Stephen Keel also propelled a ball out of the goal area, and Chris Seitz bailed out his team with a few sharp saves.