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Rankings Recap: Success is a Fickle Beast

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FC Dallas, consistently inconsistent, since 1996.

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Top-of-the-table FC Dallas went to Toyota Park, not Toyota Stadium, in Bridgeview, IL to face President-of-the-Basement, Chicago Fire. This was a slam dunk, right? Number 1 should beat number 20 every day, right?

Unfortunately for the Dallas faithful, this was a reality check game. Dallas couldn't overcome an early Chicago goal, thanks to David Accam, and lost the match 2-0. Power Rankings authors from around the interweb were equally cruel, most dropping Dallas by 3 or more places. It took a 5 game win streak for most outlets to grant FCD the top spot and only one away loss to drop the team back around place 5.

Here are the latest rankings from around the web:

MLSsoccer.com

Rank: 5 (Last week: 1)

Comment: A precipitous fall from their perch, but that's what happens when you produce such a limp effort against the league's bottom-dwellers. Dallas officially miss Blas Perez, by the way.

ESPN FC

Rank: 5 (Last week: 4)

Comment: Chicago cooled off the league's hottest team, but there's plenty of reasons to be bullish on FC Dallas' chances in the West. Oscar Pareja's club will try to start a new winning streak against the Galaxy next week.

Sports Illustrated: Planet Futbol

Rank: 4 (Last week: 1)

Comment: Despite a massive edge in possession, Dallas couldn't reverse an early 1-0 deficit and even conceded while up a man late in the game against lowly Chicago.

Bleacher Report

Rank: 4 (Last week: 1)

Comment: FC Dallas came out flat against the hapless Chicago Fire in a 2-0 loss on on Sunday night.

Dallas' four attackers failed to run at the Fire defenders and test goalkeeper Sean Johnson. Fabian Castillo, Michael Barrios, Mauro Diaz and David Texeira attempted just three shots combined. None of them even tested Johnson.

It will take more than one poor match to move the Hoops out of the top five. However, due to Sporting Kansas City, the LA Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps picking up results, Dallas has been demoted to No. 4.

Soccer America

Rank: 1 (Last week: 1)

Comment: Not even the speed of FCD could catch up to a 1-0 deficit at Chicago Sunday and a five-game winning streak ended. FCD was bottled up in the middle of the park and seldom unleashed its searing flank forays that have been so effective. Dan Kennedy getting nutmegged on the first goal didn't help, either.

Soccer by Ives

Rank: 5 (Last week: 1)

Comment: FC Dallas saw its five-match winning streak halted after delivering a real dud of a performance against the Chicago Fire. Despite seeing the opposition go down to 10 men, FC Dallas' highly-regarded attack sputtered, failing to yield a goal against the league's worst team. Still, not too much of a cause for concern, as the previous five weeks of evidence far outdo a lackluster one-off performance. Let it serve as a humbling, and move right on.