Welcome to another week of the MLS Power Rankings. With all the league absences due to International Call ups, opinions on how teams were affected were wide and varied. Not surprisingly, Rankings were all over the map, with one even dropping FC Dallas a spot.
Comments: Blowout wins vs. RSL must be taken with a grain of salt these days, but Roland Lamah and Jesus Ferreira won’t care. Ferreira’s first pro goal in his first pro game has the Homegrown-obsessed among us giddy, but it’s Lamah’s hat-trick that could truly change Dallas’ season. A little confidence could go a long way for the man who was supposed to replace Fabian Castillo after a slow start.
Comments: All it took was a visit from the league's worst defense to make Dallas look like the class of MLS again. But in all seriousness, FCD was having fun out there for the first time in weeks, which is scary for the rest of the league.
Comments: Dallas didn't just obliterate Salt Lake in a 6-2 win on Saturday, it set a record by becoming the first MLS team to score five times in the first half.
Comments: A Roland Lamah hat trick propelled FCD to a stabilizing victory that ended a four-game winless run. After setting a league record by scoring five in the first half against a shorthanded and tuckered-out foe, FCD added a bit of history when Jesus Ferreira, 16, debuted and scored.
Comments: Dallas snapped a four-match winless run with aplomb on Saturday, shellacking Real Salt Lake 6–2 behind a hat trick from Roland Lamah and a first MLS goal for 16-year-old homegrown rising star Jesus Ferreira, whose dad David made a habit of scoring for FCD not too long ago. Mauro Diaz continues to find his feet after a long injury layoff, and once he does, it’s easy to see this team starting another long unbeaten run.
Comments: They faced a struggled RSL and crushed them, as expected.