A road draw is not necessarily a bad thing in MLS, and the Power Rankings reflect just that.
Comments: FC Dallas’ soccer may not be scintillating right now, but it’s effective. If not for a brilliant free kick from a pesky Bug in Vancouver, Oscar Pareja’s boys would be breathing down Sporting KC’s neck for first place – and that’s with Walker Zimmerman shelved because of injury. They’re the best in the Western Conference, and the PRs reflect that.
Comments: FCD were on their way to a road win in Vancouver when Cristian Techera struck with a well-taken free kick. They'll take the point while feeling like they could have had more.
Comments: The team still seems to be waiting to step it up a notch, but even a less-than-optimal FC Dallas is good enough to be an elite side in MLS.
Comments: FC Dallas seemed to have a win secured Saturday against the Whitecaps, if not for Cristian Techera and his absurd free kick to equalize the match. Still, FCD will take a solid point on the road in a bad week for the Western Conference, which they’ll hope to translate to a win in Houston on Friday night.
Comments: The eighth goal of the season by Max Urruti gave FCD a 1-0 lead but again, failure to get a second goal proved costly. True, it took a spectacular shot to tie the game but any time you outshoot the home team, 16-6, and don’t win, the aftertaste is bitter.
Comments: Dallas was one of the unlucky teams with a game on the international break, and with key players missing, it fell 2–0 at Portland. Oscar Pareja’s side followed that up with a 1–1 draw at Vancouver in which the equalizer came on a late free kick. Dallas has hit a bit of a rough patch the last few weeks, but Mauro Diaz continues to get minutes after his ruptured Achilles and Maximiliano Urruti is looking like a go-to scorer.
Comments: They got a draw on the road, which is tough to feel bad about in MLS. The good news is it seems like they are still waiting to peak with Mauro Diaz working back into form, Walker Zimmerman still injured and time before they really need to kick things into high gear.