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Recapping The Rankings: Watching Closely

FCD were spectators in a much-needed bye week.

FCD was jumping for joy with the weekend results!
FCD was jumping for joy with the weekend results!
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FC Dallas received some glad tidings with a few of the results around MLS while resting up for a big match-up with the Whitecaps. Since the Hoops were idle, I don't see them dropping much more in the rankings. If anything, they should move up if some of the teams above them deserve to drop down. Let's take a look....

Rank: 14 (last week 15)

Comment: They can thank LA's evisceration of San Jose for the rankings bump. Nothing but a win at home against the 'Caps will do for this weekend.

Rank: 15 (last week 15)

Comment: Idle Dallas received plenty of good news as the teams around them for the final playoff spot -- San Jose, Vancouver, Portland and Colorado -- failed to win. With upcoming games against the Whitecaps and Rapids, the next two weeks are critical.

Sports Illustrated

Rank: 14 (last week 15)

Comment: FC Dallas had about as fruitful of a bye week from a standings standpoint as possible, as the three times directly ahead of the club and the one immediately behind it all dropped points. It can take matters into its own hands by beating Vancouver on Saturday, but the club will have to do so at less than full strength. Goalkeeper Raul Fernandez (Peru) and leading scorer Blas Perez (Panama) will both be on international duty.

Bleacher Report

Rank: 14 (last week 14)

Comment: FC Dallas had the week off to regroup from their rough August. Schellas Hyndman's club will begin their September playoff charge at home against Vancouver on Saturday.

Soccer America

Rank: 15 (last week 15)

Comment: Blas Perez (Panama) and Raul Fernandez (Peru) will be with their national teams this weekend and won't play in a crucial home match against Vancouver, which also has 37 points.