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Rankings Recap: Another week, another win for FC Dallas

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FC Dallas gets their first road win in two months.

Doug Pensinger

FC Dallas traveled to Colorado and defeated the Rapids 1-0 via a Blas Perez penalty kick goal. It might not have been the prettiest game FCD has ever played, but they got the job done and came home with three points in their pockets. Now in the 3rd place, looking down on Real Salt Lake, FCD will face a Portland Timbers side fighting for their lives at home this weekend. FC Dallas has a lot of momentum right now. Let's hope that continues to build this weekend and into the playoffs. FCD moved up on a few power rankings, but there are still some doubters out there.

Here's the latest rankings from around the web:

MLSSoccer.com

Rank: 4 (Last week: 3)

Comment: A win's a win, but Dallas lost a few style points with the way they had to scrap it out against one of the most hapless teams in league history.

ESPN FC

Rank: 6 (Last week: 6)

Comment: FCD's 1-0 win over Colorado wasn't easy on the eyes, but it was enough to push Dallas into third place in the Western Conference. A back line that has been held together with duct tape, bubble gum and bailing wire once again did what was necessary to secure the win.

Sports Illustrated: Planet Futbol

Rank: 3 (Last week: 3)

Comment: Dallas kept up its hot second half of the season — with only four losses since June — and continues to make Óscar Pareja look a likely candidate for MLS Coach of the Year. The tricky Timbers are last up for Dallas; it won’t be easy to secure third in the West against a team fighting for its playoff life that RSL slipped against last weekend.

ProSoccerTalk

Rank: 6 (Last week: 8)

Comment: Winning at home is a force of habit for Dallas right now, which finishes its regular season against Portland this week. Dallas has taken care of Seattle and L.A. in recent weeks and if last week’s win over Colorado is a sign, winning everywhere is on the menu.

SoccerAmerica

Rank: 6 (Last week: 6)

Comment: Rather than drop off from an emotional home win against the Galaxy a week prior, FCD scraped out a 1-0 victory at Colorado and thus jumped into third place. Blas Perez netted his team-high 11th goal of the season from the penalty spot and Andres Escobar confirmed he will be a playoff force by threatening the goal on numerous occasions, one of which drew a red-card offense. FCD limited the Rapids to six shots as it continued fine-tuning for the playoffs with its fourth victory in the last six games. The amazing turnaround engineered by head coach Ben Olsen with D.C. has somewhat overshadowed Oscar Pareja’s work in Big D, but four wins in the last six games ain’t no fluke.

The Oregonian

Rank: 4 (Last week: 5)

Comment: Find themselves in a cushy position for third place in the West after a 1-0 win at Colorado. They are one point clear of Real Salt Lake and in control of their fate to avoid the play-in game when they host Portland Saturday.

The Seattle Times

Rank: 4 (Last week: 3)

Comment: Controls its destiny for third-place finish.