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Rankings Recap: Bye week keeps FC Dallas on top

With the Timbers stumbling, FCD tightened its GI Joe Kung Fu grip on 1st place.

MLS: New England Revolution at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

FCD and several of their fellow MLS teams had a bye week. Cobra.....err...the Portland Timbers, the only real challenger at the top of the rankings, stumbled at Columbus Crew SC this weekend. So FCD stayed home, and solidified their grip at the top of the heap.

Several sites did not bother to update their rankings from last week.

FourFourTwo - Ranking 1 (Last Week N/A)

You know how we like our Power Rankings around FourFourTwo? With context, that’s how.

We like to ease into these things; it’s better to build the ordering on actual 2017 achievement and bungle, minus the distracting pull of basing the present day on predictions and expectations. In other words, these rankings attempt to reflect the “here and now” rather than presumption and prognosis.

Comments: Oscar Pareja’s unbeaten team is grinding out results despite a drop in clear scoring chances without playmaker Mauro Diaz. Then again, with defensively challenged Minnesota United coming into North Texas for the team’s next MLS match, that could change. (Before that, FCD takes a tentative 2-1 edge into a second leg CCL decider at Pachuca on April 4.)

MLS - Ranking 1 (Last Week 1)

Comments: No reason to think anyone else should be occupying this spot as long as everyone comes back healthy from the international break.

CSN Chicago - Ranking 1 (Last Week N/A)

Comments: Any time you can open a season with a win at the LA Galaxy, things are off to a good start. On top of starting the MLS schedule with three games unbeaten, Dallas won the first leg of its CONCACAF Champions League semifinal against Mexican club Pachuca. Kellyn Acosta is turning into one of the league's best two-way midfielders, and he's only 21.

Soccer America - Ranking 1 (Last Week 1)

Comments: Midfielder Ryan Hollingshead got back on the field Friday for the first time since suffering fractures in three vertebrae Jan. 9 when struck by a car while assisting a stranded motorist.