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FIFA14 Preview - FC Dallas continues to roll against Chicago

You wouldn't believe how much better the video-game Hoops continue to get

Je-Vaughn Watson has used his size and skill while making fewer mistakes over the past few games. By Kevin Jairaj -- USA Today Sports
Je-Vaughn Watson has used his size and skill while making fewer mistakes over the past few games. By Kevin Jairaj -- USA Today Sports
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

For some of these players, it's like they're not even the same guy.

Ranked atop the MLS Power Rankings this week, FC Dallas has turned a lot of heads. The team has the attention of the makers of FIFA14, too. This week, the game ranked seven of the starting 11 higher than their initial ranking, changing Dallas from a team that used to be at a starting disadvantage or draw against most MLS sides to a team that starts with a clear advantage in terms of speed, ball skills, and player movement off the ball.

The result is a tantalizing look at how good this team can be.

Playing against Chicago this week started-off in somewhat frustrating fashion. While the Hoops' midfielders and forwards were getting themselves open looks at goal, Sean Johnson was fully up to the task. Johnson made at least five saves within the first 15-20 minutes to keep the FIFA preview scoreless.

Putting enough shots on-goal, one is bound to go in, though. In the 23rd minute, Fabian Castillo rattled a long shot off the cross-bar that Andres Escobar tapped into the back of the net. Castillo continues to dominate both in real life and in the video game. He led Dallas in the game with eight shots on goal.

One of Castillo's shots finally found the back of the net in the 47th minute. The goal came on a nice combination play between Je-Vaughn Watson, Victor Ulloa, Tesho Akindele, and finally Castillo.

A 69th minute goal by Alex put Chicago within one goal of Dallas, but Akindele headed in a corner kick from Michel in the 81st minute to complete the scoring in a 3-1 Dallas win.

My prediction

Dallas has been playing with video game-like precision recently and I don't see that changing against a struggling Fire team that has given up five and six goals in games over the past six weeks.