Two shutout victories in two games have FC Dallas flying high in the Power Rankings. The North Texas club was promoted in every outlet we regularly link to. The New England Revolution came into Frisco less than confident and departed on the struggle bus thanks to Mauro and company. Mauro Diaz had a hand in each goal in the 3-0 win, starting the scoring with a free kick blast under the Revs' wall. And while the Argentine playmaker gets a lot of credit, this was a solid team effort to keep the Revolution off the board and secure another shut out.
This week, Dallas heads to Florida for the first time since the league contracted. This will be a true test to see whether FCD can maintain their impressive recent form on the road.
Here are the latest rankings from around the web:
Rank: 7 (Last week: 9)
Comment: And ... they're back. We think, anyway - it's tough to take too much from the way they dismantled a battered and short-handed New England team.
Rank: 13 (Last week: 14)
Comment: Mauro Diaz, Mauro Diaz, Mauro Diaz. The Argentine midfielder was everything for FC Dallas on Saturday, just the way Oscar Pareja will like it.
Rank: 7 (Last week: 13)
Comment: With a big win off Mauro Díaz's playmaking ability, Dallas extended its home record to 6-1-2 entering the most difficult part of the year to play in Texas.
Rank: 4 (Last week: 6)
Comment: FC Dallas crushed the New England Revolution 3-0 and is now just three points away from first place in the Western Conference.
Mauro Diaz was sensational once again, as he scored the opening goal and assisted Michael Barrios' strike in the 73rd minute. To no one's surprise, Fabian Castillo was also influential in this game, as he doubled Dallas' lead in the second half.
With Diaz healthy, Dallas could potentially challenge for the No. 1 seed in the West. Once Tesho Akindele and Blas Perez return from the Gold Cup, the attack will be incredibly difficult to stop.
Thanks to the team's second straight win, they move up to No. 4 and jump past the Vancouver Whitecaps, who have a game in hand over the Hoops.
Rank: 2 (Last week: 3)
Comment: With a free-kick goal and precise pass for Michael Barrios to score a third goal, Mauro Diaz orchestrated a 3-0 defeat of New England. He slipped a free kick under the Revs' defensive wall to open the scoring, then played a ball for Fabian Castillo to score on the rebound. Barrios' goal was his first in MLS. FCD has won two in a row, both by shutout.
Rank: 7 (Last week: 10)
Comment: After topping the Dynamo last week, FC Dallas made another statement Saturday in a demolition of the overmatched Revolution. Everyone knows that the FC Dallas attack has the firepower to explode at anytime, but in order to continue a push to the top, these performances will need to happen much more consistently than they have in the past month or two.