After FC Dallas' 4-1 rout of the Houston Dynamo, they are still sitting atop the table in MLS. With a record of 4-0-1, FCD is undefeated. The only other undefeated team is Real Salt Lake with a record of 2-0-3. Can anyone stop FCD?
Are these rankings right about FCD? Where do you think the Hoops belong? Which team surprised you?
Rank: 1 (Last week: 1)
Comment: Even if they're not playing well, they're always so dangerous on set pieces that they can just bury you. It was even through an hour this weekend, then Houston gave 'em an inch. And then it was over.
Rank: 1 (Last week: 3)
Comment: Je-Vaughn Watson stuck it to his old team and then some, scoring twice and forcing an own goal in a 4-1 win over Houston. On the defensive side of things, Hendry Thomas was solid again in midfield, and it's clear his trade to the club was a steal.
Rank: 1 (Last week: 3)
Comment: Oscar Pareja's side took full advantage of a second-half red card draw by Houston, ripping the Dynamo apart after David Horst's sending off. Je-Vaughn Watson did the most damage, punishing his former club to the tune of two goals. FCD's hold on first place in the West will be tested by the Seattle Sounders on Saturday.
Rank: 2 (Last week: 4)
Comment: Until David Horst's red card for the Dynamo, FC Dallas was on the ropes. It opened the scoring against the run of play, benefitting from a Ricardo Salazar call on the penalty, and Chris Seitz made a couple big saves until Horst was sent off. Dallas took advantage, scoring on a set piece and a counterattack to win big, but without that red card, the story may have been different.
Rank: 3 (Last week: 5)
Comment: I can hear you now. "I find your lack of faith disturbing." But first note that there is minimal difference between 1, 2 and 3 in these rankings. Second, let’s not over-react to the trouncing at BBVA. The red card and the injury to Brad Davis had a huge impact on that game. A lot of people were surprised at the way Houston seemed to give up after the red card and the goal, but bear in mind, they had already taken a huge hit with the loss of US International Brad Davis to an injury. Three hits in a matter of 15 minutes of game time? That can be hard on a team. So it was a huge win, and one Dallas might have gotten either way, but not by that scoreline, and maybe not at all. Are you still pushing for Dallas to be No. 1 if the game had finished 1-1? But for those three things (Davis, red card, immediate goal off that foul), a tie was very much the likely scoreline.