It is always interesting to see where FC Dallas falls in the latest Power Rankings. We're a little late getting to talk about this here but that just means we have a few more rankings to display. Once again we have a wide range of rankings for FCD following their 2-2 draw in Vancouver.
Are these rankings right about FCD? Where do you think the Hoops belong? Which team surprised you?
Rank: 5 (Last week: 5)
Comment: Oscar Pareja's spoiled for attacking and midfield options, but let's start worrying about the central defense after Matt Hedges had to come off at halftime in Vancouver. FCD can't afford to be without him for an extended period.
Rank: 11 (Last week: 11)
Comment: Raul Fernandez has been an underrated part of FC Dallas' season thus far, though he showed his worth for everyone to see on Sunday in Vancouver. A series of great second-half saves helped his side leave town with both a point and continued sole possession of fourth place in the West.
Rank: 11 (Last week: 11)
Comment: Dallas responded well to going down early at B.C. Place, but Raúl Fernández had to make a couple sharp late saves to take a point back home. Dallas can be happy it has reversed its away fortunes as of late, not losing on the road since late May, although it has only won once, on April 5 in Houston.
Rank: 5 (Last week 7)
Comment: Plain and simple, FCD for the past two months or so has shown the fortitude and mutual commitment that takes time to develop under a new head coach. Trailing, 1-0, to an early goal in front of a sold-out away crowd in Vancouver, FCD scored twice within 10 minutes -- Blas Perez from a scramble and Michel with a penalty kick -- to take the lead it could not hold in a 2-2 tie. If there's a finishing kick in this squad, FCD will be hard to knock out of the playoff tier.
Rank: 4 (Last week: 5)
Comment: Goalkeeper Raul Fernandez was the Man of the Match after helping squad preserve road draw at Vancouver. Whitecaps peppered Fernandez with a flurry of shots - 20 in the second half - but the net minder held firm and helped them remain above the red line in the Western Conference.
Rank: 6 (Last week 12)
Comment: And for the league's most impressive reformatting, I give you FC Dallas. Originally designed around a 4-2-3-1 for Mauro Diaz, they set that aside to become an empty bucket 4-4-2 and found a way to get all the right results since the awful result against San Jose on May 31. Even the ties at Portland and Vancouver were sour ties - where the home side found a way to steal the game back from what was looking like a Dallas road win. And when this club integrates Diaz back into the lineup, watch out.