Comments: Another week, another No. 1 ranking for Dallas. This team is firing on all cylinders right now, showing great resiliency from a heartbreaking CONCACAF Champions League exit.
Comments: Usually there's a post-CCL letdown, and to be fair Dallas weren't great in their 2-0 win. That's a descriptor literally any manager in the world would happily embrace, though. This continues to be the league's best team for a variety of reasons.
Comments: Javier Morales scored his first goal for his new team in a 2-0 win against Minnesota United and joined the MLS 50-goal, 50-assist club in the process.
Comments: FC Dallas rebounded nicely from its CONCACAF Champions League disappointment, though it helped to have Minnesota as the next game up on the schedule. Javier Morales and Michael Barrios's six-minute scoring spree was all that was needed in the tidy 2-0 win, which was aided by Mexican-American goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez's stellar outing.
Comments: Needed some serious shot-stopping heroics from goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez to hold off Minnesota. That might have been a surprise, but considering FCD was warding off a potential CONCACAF hangover – last week’s Champions League elimination bummer and all – maybe it’s not. Four matches in, Matt Hedges and the rest of the defense hasn’t allowed a goal from the run of play.
Comments: FCD was knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League in the semifinals last week, but is still unbeaten in MLS. Dallas has given up two goals in its four MLS matches so far.
Comments: The first FCD goal for Javier Morales paced a 2-0 defeat of Minnesota United five days after a last-second Pachuca goal knocked it out of the Concacaf Champions League semifinals. Michael Barrios, the team leader in goals with nine last season, tallied his first of 2017. Several excellent saves by Jesse Gonzalez earned him his second shutout in as many appearances.
Comments: Kellyn Acosta was arguably the best player on the pitch in the Champions League semifinal second leg between FC Dallas and Pachuca. How he didn’t register an assist when squaring for a teammate to tap in will hurt for some time to come.
In this past weekend’s match against Minnesota, Acosta quietly went about his business. While he didn’t dominate the game, he played a huge role in Dallas’ second goal in the match. Minnesota's Sam Cronin was put in a terrible position by a teammate, and Acosta immediately smelt blood.
He came out with the ball and then registered a nice assist.