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Rankings Recap: FC Dallas falter on the road

The Hoops drop a few spots after loss in Los Angeles.

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

After falling to Los Angeles Galaxy on the road, FC Dallas drops a few spots in the rankings this week. They look to rebound against Seattle Wednesday night.

Here's the latest rankings from this week:

Rank: 4 (Last week: 3)

Comment: No shame in dropping a one-goal decision at LA, especially when missing so many key contributors. That said... FCD's last five are a little worrisome.


Rank: 4 (Last week: 3)

Comment: Dallas' patchwork defense has held up well in recent weeks, but with Matt Hedges given the night off, Saturday's match against LA was too big an ask. The continued injury woes of Mauro Diaz are the last thing FCD needs ahead of Wednesday's match against Seattle.

Sports Illustrated

Rank: 4 (Last week: 3)

Comment: After its 10-game unbeaten run, Dallas has suddenly lost three of its last four matches. It would take a bit of a collapse to miss the playoffs at this point, as sixth-placed Vancouver is eight points behind, but Dallas isn’t exactly known for its late-season ability in recent years.


Rank: 10 (Last week: 6)

Comment: Oscar Pareja is a solid coach, no doubt, but one win from four and that win coming against a Vancouver team desperately seeking answers? Perhaps we allotted too much credit to past results. A mid-week win against Seattle could make us blush a bit.

The Oregonian

Rank: 8 (Last week: 5)

Comment: If they're going to make a serious push for first place in the Western Conference, they'll need to beat Seattle at home Wednesday night. They haven't defeated the Sounders this season, and a setback would be their fourth in five games and the Timbers are gaining on them for fourth place.


Rank: 6 (Last week: 3)

Comment: A fit and sharp Blas Perez would certainly aid FCD’s playoff run, and his third goal in two games yielded a 1-0 lead over the Galaxy that didn’t hold up as FCD lost its third game in the last four. Victor Ulloa lost a ball in the penalty area and the Galaxy converted the turnover into the equalizer. Fabian Castillo and Matt Hedges took the night off to better prepare for a home game against Seattle Wednesday, after which FCD has a nine-day break from league play and thus should be fresh for the final push.