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Rankings Recap: Rise Above

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Kings of Texas MLS.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas finishes out July perfect with 4 victories, 5 in a row actually, if you include the triumphant homecoming against Houston. As such, FCD takes the #1 spot in every Power Ranking we could find .... except for one.

I will leave y'all to fight out why ESPN FC isn't buying into this team yet. What does a team have to do to usurp the number 1 spot for ESPN?

Here are the latest rankings from around the web:

Rank: 1 (Last week: 3)

Comment: The best team in MLS starts two Homegrown central midfielders with a combined age of 43. No country for old men.


Rank: 4 (Last week: 8)

Comment: It was probably past time to move FC Dallas up the rankings. If they keep up their current form -- it's five wins and counting for Oscar Pareja and co. following a 4-1 win over Portland -- they'll be on top before much longer. In the summer heat with their talented, speedy players, they're essentially unbeatable at home.

Sports Illustrated: Planet Futbol

Rank: 1 (Last week: 3)

Comment: Dallas picked up its fifth straight win to give the franchise its longest streak in 16 years, climbing to the top of the league table with games in hand on the three teams immediately trailing Óscar Pareja's men.

Bleacher Report

Rank: 1 (Last week: 3)

Comment: FC Dallas has taken over the top spot in the power rankings for the first time this season. Dallas' 4-1 victory over the Portland Timbers was the team's fifth straight win and it also extended the Hoops' unbeaten streak to six games.

The likes of Fabian Castillo, Mauro Diaz and Michael Barrios could not be stopped by Portland's back line on Saturday evening. The defense was also resolute and made goalkeeper Dan Kennedy's job a lot easier.

Now that Dallas will be welcoming back Gold Cup call-ups such as Blas Perez, their form should continue to improve. Until the Texan side loses a match, it will stay on top of the power rankings for the foreseeable future.

Soccer America

Rank: 1 (Last week: 2)

Comment: One of the hottest areas of the country in midsummer is home to the league's most torrid team; FCD pummeled Portland, 4-1, for its fifth straight victory, which is its longest winning streak since 1999 (when it was the aptly named Burn). Michael Barrios joined FCD's rank of unsung heroes by scoring twice in the first 22 minutes and Kellyn Acosta and Mauro Diaz punctuated their excellent seasons by each netting a goal.

SBI Soccer

Rank: 1 (Last week: 3)

Comment: Now with five straight wins, FC Dallas remains atop the Western Conference table despite having games in hand. FCD's attack is absolutely lethal and, paired with the difficulty of playing in the summer heat of Toyota Stadium, FC Dallas is certainly looking like a good bet to stay atop the West.