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Rankings Recap: FC Dallas on fire after 5-0 win

FC Dallas keeps moving up after yet another win.

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FC Dallas routed San Jose Earthquakes 5-0 on the road last week. Now FCD heads home for a HUGE Western Conference clash against first place Real Salt Lake.

Are these rankings right about FCD? Where do you think the Hoops belong? Which team surprised you?

MLSSoccer.com

Rank: 4 (Last week: 4)

Comment: Tesho Akindele had his coming-out party, but in our opinion, Fabián Castillo stole the show in Santa Clara. Can anyone come up with a plan to slow down the Colombian, who looks near-unstoppable at this point?

ESPN FC

Rank: 3 (Last week: 8)

Comment: So much for being tired after playing 120 minutes in the midweek Open Cup defeat to Philadelphia. FCD used its speed to devastating effect to hammer San Jose 5-0. Tesho Akindele bagged a hat trick, but it was the much-improved Fabian Castillo who did most of the creative damage.

Sports Illustrated

Rank: 5 (Last week: 9)

Comment: Dallas is unbeaten in nine games and on a three-game winning streak after a dominant performance in San Jose on Saturday. First-year pro Tesho Akindele – the pride of the Colorado School of Mines – has scored six of his seven goals on the season in that span, including a hat trick against the Earthquakes.

The Oregonian

Rank: 3 (Last week: 5)

Comment: ...Last week, we said they were one of the hottest teams in MLS. Let's change that to they ARE the hottest team in MLS. Three consecutive wins amid a nine-game unbeaten streak behind a hat trick from Tesho Akindele in 5-0 rout of San Jose.

Soccer America

Rank: 4 (Last week: 4)

Comment: Maybe a 5-0 blowout of San Jose will alert the league’s followers that FCD has already matched its win total of last year, when it led the conference early and plummeted to an eighth-place finish. The hat trick scored by Tesho Akindele should move him up in the Rookie of the Year discussion, as he is improving every week, and Fabian Castillo marked another dazzling performance by scoring the other two goals. Since losing in San Jose, 2-1, May 31, FCD is unbeaten in nine games and during that run has posted four shutouts. Keeper Raul Fernandez has regained the starting spot. Up next is RSL at home on national TV in a quintessential statement game.