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Rankings Recap: The Kids are Alright

A big away victory on the backs of FCD's youngest players improves the team's standings.

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Five Homegrown players started against Columbus in Columbus this past weekend and earned the team a vital 3 road points. As big as it may seem to fans, power rankings authors gave slight bumps in each of their lists.

Here are the latest rankings from around the web:

MLSsoccer.com

Rank: 3 (Last week: 4)

Comment: It wasn't pretty, but it didn't need to be. With the second youngest starting XI this season, and a 100-percent Homegrown starting midfield, Oscar Pareja's team went into a tough place to play and got a win that keeps them in the Supporters' Shield race.

ESPN FC

Rank: 7 (Last week: 8)

Comment: International absences change the dynamic a bit, but there's nothing bad to say about Oscar Pareja's team this week. Starting five homegrown players, an MLS record, FCD stomped Columbus 3-0 with high energy and devastating speed.

Sports Illustrated: Planet Fútbol

Rank: 6 (Last week: 9)

Comment: With a team primarily comprising homegrown talent and other young players, Dallas pulled off a big away win to jump into third place in a crowded Western Conference.

Bleacher Report

Rank: 4 (Last week: 4)

Comment: FC Dallas made history by starting five homegrown players in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Columbus Crew.

One of those homegrowns, goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez, earned his second straight clean sheet. He was called into action when the Crew won a penalty and played a factor in forcing Federico Higuain to miss the spot-kick.

Dallas struck just moments later off a corner from Atiba Harris. Columbus was threatening before the goal and continued the onslaught in the second half. However, the Hoops utilized their speed to score twice on the counter.

Dallas has now won twice in a row, but that was preceded by three consecutive losses, including one against the Vancouver Whitecaps. For that reason, the Texas side stays at No. 4 in the power rankings.

Soccer America

Rank: 4 (Last week: 5)

Comment: FCD started five Homegrown players with combined ages of 98 (average 19.6) and the young guns strutted out of MAPFRE Stadium after an impressive 3-0 vanquishing of Crew SC. The old man of the group, Atiba Harris (30), got the first goal from a corner kick and Michael Barrios and David Texeira also hit the net as FCD prevailed.