FC Dallas may have produced their first clean sheet of the season, but they are still falling down the power rankings. FCD will now look to Saturday against San Jose.
Are these rankings right about FCD? Where do you think the Hoops belong? Which team surprised you?
Rank: 12 (Last week: 10)
Comment: Speaking of winless skids ... it's now seven for FC Dallas. They've taken just two of the last 21 points available. If they lose to San Jose this weekend, feel free to panic.
Rank: 16 (Last week: 13)
Comment: A midweek loss to L.A. and a draw against RSL extended Dallas' winless streak to seven matches. At least manager Oscar Pareja could take solace in the latter result, which saw improvement in terms of discipline and defensive solidity.
Rank: 9 (Last week: 6)
Comment: After a listless midweek performance in L.A., Dallas turned in a solid defensive effort against RSL to get a positive road result. It was the team’s first shutout of the season, but that’s little consolation to being winless in seven games after starting the season with five wins in seven.
Rank: 13 (Last week: 14)
Comment: Dallas got a point from two tough road games, but the team’s winless run is now seven. Thanks to the Fire’s struggles, however, FCD moves up a spot, with Saturday’s game against visiting San Jose giving Óscar Pareja’s team a chance to break back into the win column.
Rank: 9 (Last week: 10)
Comment: Another set of injuries? This time to Michel and Jacobsen? Somebody go get a bucket of fried chicken right now! But the thing that keeps this team in the middle of the pack for me, despite this run of results, is that no matter who is in the lineup, these guys are playing for each other, and making it really difficult for teams to get a win, and that says this team is very solid, top to bottom – they are just having to use more players from the middle of the roster than they would prefer. But take note when things like the US Open Cup comes up, and when the injured players return – this team is over 20 players deep in terms of guys who have shown they can contribute at an MLS level. Their scheduling luck, though, continues to run cold as they next play an Earthquakes team that is starting to gain some momentum.