FC Dallas is on the up and up in power rankings after defeating Portland 2-1. After a tough win at home, FCD will look to continue to impress the rest of MLS on the road against bitter rivals Houston in the Texas Derby.
Are these rankings right about FCD? Where do you think the Hoops belong? Which team surprised you?
Rank: 1 (Last week: 1)
Comment: Mauro Diaz is the Power Rankings Politburo's MVP of March. That goal agaisnt Portland felt inevitbale - he was the best player on the field throughout.
Rank: 3 (Last week: 5)
Comment: Who cares if FCD's record is a tad inflated by playing three of four at home? Oscar Pareja's side has done the job despite missing half a starting back line. And, yes, Mauro Diaz continues to dazzle. Dallas impresses from practically every vantage point.
Rank: 4 (Last week: 8)
Comment: Last year’s second half of the season should show Dallas fans why it’s dangerous to be excited about a fast start, but their team is on top of the Western Conference standings after a month. Mauro Díaz again provided a spark, and the 23-year-old looks like a good early candidate for Newcomer of the Year.
Rank: 8 (Last week: 8)
Comment: Eleven-on-11, there was nothing that separated Dallas from Portland. If anything, the Timbers looked a little better. Ten-on-10, however, FC Dallas won, 2-1. The result’s enough to influence the standings, but we’re keeping them steady in the Power Rankings. Winning at home against a struggling Portland doesn’t tell us much, particularly when both teams saw an early red card.
Rank: 3 (Last week: 5)
Comment: Former Colorado coach Oscar Pareja is doing his magic as the new coach of Dallas, which has been impressive.
Rank: 1 (Last week: 2)
Comment: Didn't get rattled and stayed cool after Je-Vaughn Watson was red carded and Timbers equalized on a fluky own goal. Then Mauro Diaz scored the game-winner with a "Goal of the Week" candidate. They'll ride an unbeaten wave into their game against in-state rival Houston Saturday.
Rank: 5 (Last week: 7)
Comment: The Mauro Diaz’ Show sure is fun to watch, and it has speed and skill to scare anyone in this league. On top of that, they have done everything asked of them, with a multitude of starters missing. Granted, this last game was against a Timbers side that is simply falling apart – already missing Ricketts, they lose Nagbe in the first half? That isn’t the team that played in the Western Conference Finals last year. Then again, three of four at home, against some sub-par opposition. A trip to Houston ought to give us a good barometer on how strong this side really is.