After a brutal roadtrip earning just 2 points, FC Dallas returned home to earn a solid 3 points against in-state rivals, Houston Dynamo. Power Ranking creators across the internets gave FCD minor rank bumps, some inferring that the spring slump is over. It will take more than 1 game to prove that the North Texas outfit has returned to winning however. This next weekend, Dallas faces a difficult task at home for the annual Independence Day blowout welcoming a high-flying New England squad with another depleted Dallas roster. Below, we've compiled FCD's standing from various outlets for your perusal. Let us know if you don't agree or want to add other outlets to the discussion down in the comments section.
Here are the latest rankings from around the web:
Rank: 9 (Last week: 11)
Comment: And with the summer comes the end of FCD's annual slumber...
Rank: 14 (Last week: 14)
Comment: Fabian Castillo got back to his top gear against the Dynamo on Friday night, with Mauro Diaz playing a key role in setting up the Colombian winger. If Dallas can get that combination going again, their recent struggles will be quickly forgotten.
Rank: 13 (Last week: 14)
Comment: Dallas finally got out of its six-game winless streak in an all-Texas affair, winning the 18th-century cannon known as El Capitán as a trinket for another season.
Rank: 6 (Last week: 8)
Comment: It's difficult to imagine where FC Dallas would sit in the Western Conference standings without Fabian Castillo. Dallas has won just one of its last four games without Castillo, scoring four goals in that span.
The Colombian forward scored in a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo in the Texas Derby on Friday. He also forced an own goal from Jermaine Taylor to give Dallas the lead in the 33rd minute.
Castillo and Dallas picked up their first win since May 9 and still remain six points behind the Vancouver Whitecaps for first place with a game in hand. The Hoops move up to sixth in the power rankings after a convincing derby victory.
Rank: 3 (Last week: 3)
Comment: Fabian Castillo tormented the Dynamo back line numerous times in a 2-0 victory that ended a six-match winless streak. He got in close enough to take a shot that went into the net off an opponent for an own goal, then capped up a blurry one-two with Mauro Diaz by shooting directly into the net.
Rank: 10 (Last week: 11)
Comment: Entering in a bit of a rough spell, FC Dallas turned things around in a major way with a win over the rival Dynamo on Friday. That win will have to be a turning point, though, as the Western Conference continues to become more and more crowded in the race for playoff positioning.