Another day, another dollar ... not spent ... yields a loss for FCD working with substitutes out of position. The absence of Mauro Diaz is again the bigger talking point than the game itself. Dallas, after soaring high in highly-heralded 1st Place, continues to slip down the standings. As it stands now, Dallas is a couple of bad games away from falling beneath the red MLS Cup qualification line.
We hope for the best in the future, but looking at the past, the Power Rankings gods were not kind after seeing more of the same from flaccid Dallas.
Here are the latest rankings from around the web:
Rank: 8 (Last week: 6)
Comment: Stop us if you've heard this before: They miss Mauro Díaz. They're also missing some production up top, as Blas Pérez has lost the spring in his step and David Texeira hasn't been able to pull his own weight.
Rank: 9 (Last week: 8)
Comment: FC Dallas will always have a wealth of speed with which to go at teams, but without Mauro Diaz -- who missed out against Vancouver due to injury -- Oscar Pareja's side just doesn't have enough danger.
Rank: 10 (Last week: 7)
Comment: FCD's three-game losing streak is the longest current slide in MLS, and the club is now just three points above the "red line," albeit with games in hand over their pursuers. Coach Oscar Pareja said "one play made the difference" in Vancouver and that, "We're not going to lose our heads."
Rank: 9 (Last week : 8)
Comment: FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps are very similar teams. Both sides have fast forwards with a hard-working No. 9 up front and love to counter. This is why it was no surprise to see Vancouver edge Dallas 1-0 on Saturday.
The only goal Dallas conceded was created by the energetic Kekuta Manneh. He dribbled around a few defenders before Cristian Techera executed a backheel past goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez.
The Hoops controlled the match and created chances. However, it was clear that Dallas was more effective on the break compared to having possession in the final third.
One clever run from Manneh was the difference, but the Texan side has the speed and physicality to unlock defenses. Dallas has to become more comfortable in possession. That's why it falls to No. 9 this week.
Rank: 8 (Last week: 5)
Comment: FCD was blanked for the second time in the last three games, 1-0, at Vancouver, and created very few chances. Five of its meager seven shots were blocked. Fabian Castillo was closely tracked and central partners Victor Ulloa and Kellyn Acosta, who are drawing tight marking and constant pressure by opponents, were stifled. FCD can get back on track this weekend against RSL at home, where it had won four straight league games prior to losing, 2-1, to the Galaxy Aug. 15.
Rank: 7 (Last week: 7)
Comment: A third straight loss for FC Dallas has Oscar Pareja's side suddenly slipping toward the bottom of the playoff places, and losing ground on a chasing pack. Mauro Diaz's absence continues to hurt offensive productivity, as the limited central midfield pairing of Victor Ulloa and Kellyn Acosta simply doesn't create, leaving too much for wide players Fabian Castillo and Michael Barrios to do. The good news is FC Dallas still has at least one game in hand on the teams chasing, but a loss to RSL could leave FCD in a precarious position.