I'm subbing in for Brian today with the Rankings Recap as he's up in Chicago trying to steal the Brimstone Cup back for us. The slide down the rankings continues which is expected given the recent form this club is in. Although some publications were generous and didn't move this club down too much in their rankings, while taking into account the numerous absences from this team in recent weeks. But the trend is obvious that this club is moving downhill and desperately need a win badly this Friday to reverse the trend.
Here are the latest rankings from around the web:
Rank: 8 (Last week: 6)
Comment: One goal in their last five for a team with Blas Perez, Mauro Diaz and Fabian Castillo? Things look broken in Dallas, and the annual spring cleaning is called for from Oscar Pareja.
Rank: 14 (Last week: 13)
Comment: There were flashes of what made FC Dallas so good to start the season up in Seattle on Saturday; it just wasn't enough to earn them anything out of the trip. Fabian Castillo must be sharper in front of net. Dallas is now winless in its last five matches.
Rank: 11 (Last week: 9)
Comment: Five players missed the trip to Seattle on international duty, and the result matched expectations for a shorthanded team playing one of the league's best.
Rank: 7 (Last week: 6)
Comment: FC Dallas had to face the No. 1 team in the Western Conference, the Seattle Sounders, without a couple of starters, but the Sounders were also depleted.
The Sounders took control of the game in the second half and never looked back. Dallas only tested Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei twice, which was disappointing even with the weakened lineup.
Dallas failed to take advantage of this game with the Portland Timbers on a bye, so both team switch spots in the rankings this week.
Rank: 4 (Last week: 4)
Comment: FCD crumbled after missing two great opportunities to take the lead in its loss at Seattle. Fabian Castillo hit the post and Kyle Bekker failed to put away a point-blank chance as he winless streak increased to five games; three losses by combined scores of 9-1 and a pair of 0-0 ties. After an Open Cup game against OKC Energy, FCD plays a Friday night game at Colorado.