FC Dallas has finally finished the "franchise record" five-game roadtrip. It's taken a toll on the players and on the Power Rankings. We have a few outlets ranking Dallas in the low-to-mid teens, and one outlet even scores FCD at #3. I'm not sure how that happened, but maybe the rest of the league has settled into their season strides as we punch through the summer to the post-season. I believe that Friday's rivalry match against Houston will be the make-or-break turnaround for FCD's season. As interested as I am for next week's result, let's dive into where we are right now.
Here are the latest rankings from around the web:
Rank: 11 (Last week: 8)
Comment: We thought they'd skipped the spring swoon, but it turns out they just pushed it back a little bit. Now that the summer solstice has come and gone, perhaps they'll find their form once again.
Rank: 14 (Last week: 14)
Comment: What a tease for FC Dallas on the road against the Rapids on Friday. Finally scoring after failing to hit the net in their last three matches, Oscar Pareja's team was on its way to snapping its winless streak when Dillon Serna popped up to grab a Colorado equalizer in the 88th minute.
Rank: 14 (Last week: 11)
Comment: Dallas finished a franchise-record five-match streak on the road in league play without a win, dropping from top of the league to eighth place and barely still in the playoff places.
Rank: 8 (Last week: 7)
Comment: Fabian Castillo almost single-handedly won three points for FC Dallas against the Colorado Rapids on Friday. That was until Dillon Serna equalized for Colorado a few minutes later to claim a draw for the Rapids.
Dallas has now lost six games in a row. The Hoops have dealt with international call-ups, suspensions and injuries, but it still doesn't fully explain the attack's drought as of late.
Dallas hasn't scored multiple goals in a match in six straight games, which has coincided with the losing streak.
The Texan side has slipped to No. 8 due to the team's lack of killer instinct up front. If it wasn't for Fabian Castillo, Dallas would not be occupying a playoff spot.
Rank: 3 (Last week: 4)
Comment: Fabian Castillo scored his second goal against Colorado in as many games as FC Dallas replicated the 1-1 tie the teams played in April. Castillo scored in the 71st minute, but Dallas conceded a late equalizer. FCD is winless in the last six games as it prepares to host Houston this weekend.
Rank: 9 (Last week: Did Not Post)
Comment: Winless in the team's five-game roadtrip, FC Dallas has fallen all the way to sixth in the Western Conference. Goals have been nearly impossible to come by in recent weeks with just two in six games, a disturbing stat for a team that was looking like a Western Conference contender just over a month ago.