FC Dallas had it’s worst week of the MLS season, losing 2-1 at Chicago, then dropping points at home after settling for a 0-0 draw against hated rivals who’s name shall be omitted, simply because.
It’s time to panic, right?
Not according to national media!
The overwhelming theme of this week’s Power Rankings is that FC Dallas is still the best team in the Western Conference, and only really trails Toronto FC for the consensus best team in MLS.
So settle down, put out your torches, and put away those pitchforks, because FC Dallas is simply going through it’s usual May-June swoon. While everyone is busy panicking over the scoring woes, and shouting at the top of their lungs for the team to get rid of certain players (you know which ones), the FCD defense continues to churn out best-defense-in-MLS level performances. With Mauro Diaz back, and soon to be joined by the best HomeGrown in MLS, the Texas Summer heat! Things will turn around soon enough.
Comments: Going winless in four straight at home is not something we've seen under Oscar Pareja. And the draw in the Texas Derby looks worse after fielding a reserve team vs. Chicago three days earlier.
Comments: Drawing at home is actually an improvement for the defending Supporters' Shield champion, but sharing the points with the Houston Dynamo in a 0-0 draw is obviously not where FCD wants to be.
Comments: Dallas didn't win either of their Week 13 fixtures — and to be fair, the Texas side deployed almost entirely different lineups for each match — and is now winless in four. On the bright side, talismanic playmaker Mauro Diaz is back on the field, which surely bodes well for a team struggling to score goals.
Comments: If the idea was to save a few legs in Chicago for the Sunday home game against Houston, it didn’t work. FCD conceded two early goals on Thursday to render a scrappy Roland Lamah equalizer and a saved PK by Chris Seitz of only statistical importance, and though they took 15 shots at the Houston goal could not score. The home winless streak increased to four games, but midfielder Mauro Diaz made his first appearance since October in the 81st minute.
Comments: Its unbeaten start to the season finally snapped, FC Dallas is hurtled all the way back to Earth in Week 13. The team lost 2–1 to Chicago on Thursday, before managing a scoreless draw against Texas rivals Houston Dynamo on Sunday. The road will get harder: Dallas will be without starting center back Walker Zimmerman for 4–6 weeks after he strained his MCL against Houston. On the plus side, playmaker Mauro Diaz made his return to the field as a sub after a long layoff due to an Achilles tear.
Comments: Not a great week for FC Dallas, which lost against Chicago, then kicked off the Texas Derby with a 0-0 draw at home to Houston. At least Mauro Diaz is back.
Comments: We've seen more impressive performances from FC Dallas than their scoreless draw to Houston and they are on a winless skid, but they are bending and not breaking. Every team in MLS has ups and downs, but FC Dallas still look strong.