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Rankings Recap: Rookie Mistakes

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Cap'n Matt's team took a hit thanks to the guy next to him.
Cap'n Matt's team took a hit thanks to the guy next to him.
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A common take-away from FCD's 2-1 loss to the Galaxy was that LA maintained a cool calmness when the game got frantic - Dallas did not. This is a key difference when comparing teams built on homegrown youth or veteran experience.

These are inevitable pains of a program growing through its own Academy products and youth players. However, it comes at a hard time when Dallas was needing success against Western Conference opposition. Dallas has 11 games left in the 2015 regular season, and just 2 of those are against teams from the East, NYCFC and Columbus. Dallas will need a steady string of results to ensure comfortable qualification for the postseason as well as advantageous seeding.

With a loss against the LA Galaxy at home, FCD's hopes for a shot at the Supporters Shield are all but gone.

Here are the latest rankings from around the web:

MLSsoccer.com

Rank: 6 (Last week: 6)

Comment: The difference in experience was evident in the second half, and the mix-and-match backline didn't quite work. FCD look a cut below the rest of the West's best, but they can convince us otherwise this weekend in Vancouver.

ESPN FC

Rank: 7 (Last week: 5)

Comment: Without Mauro Diaz against L.A., FC Dallas just weren't themselves. Diaz missing out on games due to injury has been a theme that damaged FCD seasons before -- they need him back healthy, and quick.

Sports Illustrated: Planet Futbol

Rank: 7 (Last week: 5)

Comment: Michael Barrios scored his fourth goal in the last six games, but Dallas couldn't hold onto a 1-0 lead and ended up conceding twice in the second half against LA.

Bleacher Report

Rank: 8 (Last week: 6)

Comment: FC Dallas suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of the LA Galaxy on Saturday. A second-half brace from Robbie Keane led the Galaxy comeback.

Neither side recorded a lot of scoring chances, although Dallas had a few opportunities. Blas Perez missed with a header prior to Michael Barrios' goal. Then Matt Hedges' strike was negated correctly for offside before Perez was stopped by LA goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.

Dallas' defending has been solid for the most part this season. However, not a single defender tracked Keane's run before his first goal. The second strike came through a counterattack, but the Irishman was left unmarked as well.

The Hoops slipped to fifth place in the Western Conference after that forgetful five-minute spell. They also fall to No. 8 after that a lapse in concentration.

Soccer America

Rank: 5 (Last week: 1)

Comment: The team of blazing speed met the team of controlled pace, and FCD met its match in the Galaxy, which sent it to a second straight defeat. Michael Barrios scored his fourth goal in the last six games to provide a 1-0 lead at Toyota Stadium, but FCD was twice caught in transition and simply didn't measure up defensively at critical moments as the Galaxy flooded men into the box.

Soccer By Ives

Rank: 7 (Last week: 5)

Comment: A tough loss to swallow for FC Dallas, who went into halftime with the lead before being Robbie Keane'd in the second half. Now, the gauntlet continues with a matchup with the Whitecaps this coming weekend in a game that will help reveal exactly where FC Dallas stands at this point in the season.