It was a rough outing on the road last weekend for FC Dallas in their 3-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps. As a result, FCD was on the move yet again in the Power Rankings. Basically this is now the theme song of this road trip.
Comment: Safe to say they miss Matt Hedges. Dallas have been a disorganized mess at the back, and you can only scramble so well for so long. Going on the road against another powerful attack this weekend... yikes.
Comment: How to explain losses in three of its last four road games by combined scores of 12-0? Especially considering FCD has won its other two away matches. FCD was average offensively, and only two of 12 shots hit the target. It crumbled in its own defensive third. A clever Red Bulls free kick burned the FCD defense to open the scoring, and keeper Jesse Gonzalez gave away the second goal when caught trying to clear a ball outside his penalty area.
Comment: It was more than just the changes Oscar Pareja made to his lineup that led to a 4-0 humbling against the Red Bulls in New York, but it's pretty clear FC Dallas will desperately miss Matt Hedges -- who is scheduled to miss five more weeks with a torn meniscus -- at the back.
Comment: If there was a positive for Dallas in its 4–0 drubbing against New York Red Bulls, it was that Mauro Diaz made his first start since March 26. Diaz has said that it was simply fatigue that kept him out of four of Dallas’ previous five games, and even though he looked off the pace in Dallas’ loss, his presence on the field should be reassuring.
Comment: Two weeks have produced two losses by a combined 7-0 scoreline for a struggling FC Dallas team. The defense absolutely wilted this past weekend, while even the return of Mauro Diaz wasn’t enough to spur the attack. FC Dallas is either transcendent or very bad, making the Western Conference contenders a bit of an enigma through 10 games.