FC Dallas continues their march toward the top, defeating a weakened Orlando City Soccer Club at the Citrus Bowl. FCD has been ravaged by Gold Cup call-ups, but lucky for them, other teams are struggling with roster management too. OCSC was without Kaka and Cyle Larin, their two leading goal scorers, granting FCD the opportunity for the club's first road win since May 1st. Power Rankings took notice, and each one has bumped FCD by another spot or two, inching toward the precipice. This week, however, Sporting KC generally dominates the #1 post.
This next week, the rankings could grant Dallas another significant move as DC United comes to Frisco without their star goalkeeper. Bill Hamid has been put out of service for 4-6 weeks, having had hand and knee surgery last week. Fabian Espindola is also absent for DCU having earned himself a red card last week. If FCD can defeat a vulnerable DCU, expect to see the rise continue. We will update you again next week.
Here are the latest rankings from around the web:
Rank: 4 (Last week: 7)
Comment: Since Kellyn Acosta slotted into central midfield alongside Victor Ulloa, Dallas have gone 3-0-1, pulling out of a late-spring tailspin in the process. #PlayYourKids
Rank: 8 (Last week: 13)
Comment: It's a strange week when FC Dallas can jump five places based on a 2-0 win on the road over a Kaka-less Orlando City side. Fabian Castillo is back to his dangerous ways, which has pushed Dallas back to the top of the West.
Rank: 3 (Last week: 7)
Comment: Mauro Díaz's playmaking often steals the headlines, but Fabián Castillo has made his own case for being Dallas' most important player, having played in every game except an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Kansas City.
Rank: 3 (Last week: 4)
Comment: FC Dallas is now tied for first place in the Western Conference after a 2-0 win over Orlando City SC on Saturday. It extended Dallas' unbeaten streak to four games, and it was also the team's third straight win.
David Texeira and Mauro Diaz scored and were excellent once again, even without Blas Perez and Tesho Akindele. Fabian Castillo and Victor Ulloa, who both set up Texeira for his goal, were also exceptional on Saturday.
Dallas also recorded a third straight clean sheet. The defensive performances have been extremely underrated over the last few weeks and deserve a lot of credit for this recent resurgence.
Rank: 2 (Last week: 2)
Comment: Five player absences because of the Gold Cup didn't faze FCD, which rode two smart moves by Fabian Castillo past Orlando City SC, 2-0. Castillo drew a foul and PK that Mauro Diaz converted, then played a pass that Victor Ulloa relayed for David Texeira to finish. Before its current three-game winning streak, FCD was just a point into the playoff tier; now it is tied for first in the Western Conference.
Rank: 4 (Last week: 7)
Comment: Winners of three straight, FC Dallas is on a run, one that has carried the team all the way to a tie atop the Western Conference with a game in hand. The team faces a tough test this week, though, in D.C. United, with a win going a long way towards establishing FCD as a Supporters' Shield threat.