FC Dallas has been streaking through 2015 going from winning to winless to undefeated to winless to winning to losing ... The home victory against RSL snapped Dallas' losing streak, but what now stands before this team? Power Rankings gurus from the interweb see it in varying degrees of positive momentum. FCD rose anywhere from 5 spots to 0 spots this week.
While FCD has typically dominated RSL during their visits to Frisco, the next ones may not be so easy. If you believe in math (I'm still on the fence), it appears FCD is in for a difficult road, facing the most challenging remaining schedule of any team in MLS. Every game matters.
Here are the latest rankings from around the web:
Rank: 4 (Last week: 8)
Comment: A good result, but another up-and-down performance. No Mauro Diaz continues to hurt, and FCD are becoming more and more predictable in attack.
Rank: 9 (Last week: 9)
Comments: FCD took care of business at home against RSL with a 2-0 win, though it took a penalty miss by Javier Morales to get it three points toward consolidating its playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Rank: 9 (Last week: 10)
Comment: Tesho Akindele repaid manager Óscar Pareja's faith in him with a goal from the penalty spot in his first start since early June, leading Dallas to a home win over RSL.
Rank: 4 (Last week: 9)
Comment: FC Dallas finally returned to winning ways due to a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday.
Fabian Castillo was electric again as he scored Dallas' second goal of the night. Unfortunately for the Hoops, Castillo will be unavailable next week against the Columbus Crew as he'll be with Colombia.
Only four of Dallas' remaining fixtures are at Toyota Stadium. It has earned nine wins in 14 home matches this season compared to just three victories on the road.
The defense has been relatively solid away from home. Taking away the 6-2 defeat at Sporting Kansas City, Dallas has conceded just 12 goals in 11 matches. The issue will be the attack without Castillo in the lineup.
For now, Dallas is in third place with at least one game in hand over the top two teams in the Western Conference. That's why the Texan side is up to No. 4.
Rank: 5 (Last week: 8)
Comment: Rookie keeper Jesse Gonzalez notched his first MLS shutout in just his second appearance, Tesho Akindele knocked home a PK, and Fabian Castillo iced a 2-0 victory against Real Salt Lake with his team-high ninth goal. RSL hit the goalpost with a PK called for a foul by Kellyn Acosta though FCD controlled most of the play and finished with a 21-9 edge in shots. The win stopped a three-game losing streak.
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