FC Dallas began the month of April with a bit of a dud of a game against the Columbus Crew SC. But after the dust settled on Week 5, FC Dallas is now sitting well in the latest Power Rankings across the net.
Comment: More a case of Sporting losing rather than anything Dallas did. Regardless, this week's draw provides yet another reminder of how crucial Mauro Diaz is to FCD's success.
Comment: Keeper Chris Seitz held off Crew SC until Tesho Akindele equalized in the 77th minute. Mauro Diaz sat out the match after failing to pass a fitness test; FCD bombarded the Columbus goal with 21 shots but 15 of them missed the target. FCD fell behind in the ninth minute and if not for Seitz (five saves) Akindele’s goal, scored after a Max Urruti shot had bounced off the keeper and the goalpost, would have been only of statistical interest.
Comment: Saturday's draw with Columbus was something of a litmus test for FC Dallas, as they were forced to play without Mauro Diaz. So much of the club's season will come down to how they do when the Argentine is (inevitably) out of the lineup.
Comment: Thanks to having played an extra game, a 3-0 win over D.C. during the FIFA window, and the Impact’s loss in Seattle, FC Dallas moved atop the Supporters’ Shield standings after its 1-1 draw with Columbus.
Comment: Result aside, FC Dallas were incredible against the Columbus Crew. The hosts ended up splitting the points with the Crew, but the final score doesn't tell the whole story.
Dallas was absolutely rampant. It mustered 21 shots and the Hoops didn't skip a beat without playmaker Mauro Diaz, who failed a late fitness test before the game.
Dallas has lost just once in its opening five games and has accumulated a league-leading 10 points. No other team in MLS is as supreme as the Texan side.