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Rankings Recap: (Not Yet) Free Falling

FCD hangs by their fingertips in some rankings but drops in others after a wild, 3-red-card affair at Avaya Stadium.

"Hey Watson, what's your favorite color? Mine is ...."
"Hey Watson, what's your favorite color? Mine is ...."
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FC Dallas managed a scoreless draw on the road at the Earthquakes rocking new home: Avaya Stadium. But if you haven't watched the match, that summary is shockingly misleading. Both teams had some scoring chances, but the real drama was in the referee's pocket. Baldomero Toldeo waved his red card of banishment not once, not twice, but thrice! FCD being the victim of only one of those, luckily.

Each outlet took this into account when revising their Power Rankings, but for some, it seems like FCD's fate depended on what the other teams were doing. Only 1 website dropped Dallas from the top 10 for the first time this season. I feel like this team is just one more bad result from totally free falling to the bottom. That early season victory credit has all but run out. Read on to see what happened ...

Here are the latest rankings from around the web:

Rank: 6 (Last week: 4)

Comment: They've scored just once in their last four, and Mauro Diaz isn't finding the space or options to create chances. A road shutout is nice - especially within the conference - but Dallas are a shadow of the team that started the year 3-0-1.


Rank: 12 (Last week: 7)

Comment: There's a brownout in north Texas. After an ugly, red-card-filled goalless draw against the Quakes in San Jose, the onetime high-flying Hoops have just one goal in their last four games. That's cause for significant concern and why FC Dallas drops out of the top 10.

Sports Illustrated: Planet Futbol

Rank: 9 (Last week: 7)

Comment: Dallas hasn't won in four matches and only took a point from the Earthquakes after playing much of Sunday's game up a man, first 11-on-10 and then 10-on-9.

Bleacher Report

Rank: 6 (Last week: 5)

Comment: Referee Baldomero Toledo was the center of attention in FC Dallas' 0-0 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes. He sent off two Earthquakes players and Dallas' Je-Vaughn Watson for what appeared to be a harmless challenge.

Dallas ended up with a man advantage by the end of the game when J.J. Koval saw red, but the second half was significantly worse than the first interval due to Toledo's influence. Both coaches had to tinker with their systems and buckle down to pick up a point.

Key players like Mauro Diaz struggled, and Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps wins mean that the Hoops have to pay the price.

Soccer America

Rank: 4 (Last week: 4)

Comment: A dour 0-0 tie at San Jose stopped a two-game losing streak yet extended FCD's winless run to four, during which it has scored just one goal. Je-Vaughn Watson's dismissal for a late slide tackle didn't materially affect the game, as the Quakes were already down to 10. Fabian Castillo came off the bench -- he's been bothered by a sore hamstring -- but FCD didn't generate much attack, even with a man advantage for more than 20 minutes.

Soccer By Ives

Rank: 7 (Last week: 8)

Comment: Now winless in four games, FC Dallas is beginning to lag a little bit behind in the Western conference race. A draw away from home isn't a horrible result, but not the one FCD needed to get back into the hunt atop the Western Conference.

Soccer Information Network

Rank: 6 (Last week: 7)

Comment: This movement is more about other teams moving down and Dallas treading water, but you have to credit them for not collapsing under the weight of international absences, injuries and the crushing loss to SKC the week before. And while some may have wanted to see them get the win after San Jose lost a man to an ejection, a tie on the road with as many handicaps as this team had is a positive result. The red to Watson? Not so much. FC Dallas' fourth in 14 games.