FC Dallas once again took advantage of a weakened foe and stole 2 points from DC United in second half extra time that felt deserved. I'm starting to think the Gold Cup call-ups are beneficial to FCD, and after all of the complaining I've done about lack of depth, too. Doh!
The North Texas club is now on a 4 game win streak since returning home after the road trip disaster. Although FC Dallas sits atop of the standings with DC United, they are closely pursued by mostly western conference teams as the battle heats up for the Supporters Shield and MLS Cup Playoff spots.
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Rank: 3 (Last week: 4)
Comment: Dallas have been very, very very good since Kellyn Acosta moved into central midfield along with Victor Ulloa. That in turn has freed up Mauro Diaz to make magic.
Rank: 8 (Last week: 8)
Comment: That felt like a big win at home for FC Dallas over D.C. United. The up-and-down year Oscar Pareja's team has had is now on the up, a scary proposition for the rest of the West.
Rank: 3 (Last week: 3)
Comment: With a stoppage-time goal from Fabián Castillo, Dallas moved back into first place in MLS on goals scored, but it has two games in hand on D.C. and L.A. directly below.
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: Another crucial goal by Fabian Castillo pushed FCD to its league-high fourth straight victory, and it was against Eastern Conference leader D.C. United, 2-1. He's notched a goal or an assist in five straight games, and scored the winner two minutes into stoppage time after a ball Matt Hedges deflected into his own net had matched the first professional goal for Kellyn Acosta.
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