You could argue that some things occurred that directly assured FCD's loss. Some rankings agreed with that view, and only dropped FCD down a notch. Some rankings were not buying that argument at all.
Comments: A 4-0 loss at home is not what you would expect from this team, but they still sit atop the Western Conference in terms of points per game.
Comments: A deflected shot and a questionable penalty had Dallas in a hole even before a red card for Carlos Gruezo, all of which resulted in a shocking 4-0 loss to Vancouver.
Comments: Last week, it appeared FC Dallas was back on the right track after a midsummer swoon. Ehhh…maybe not. FCD was second-best in just about every facet against Vancouver on Saturday, and it showed in the scoreline of a 4–0 loss. Overall, Dallas is still in good shape standings-wise out West, and has still won three of its last five. Still, 4–0 is a score the team will want to bury as quickly as possible.
Comments: The sending-off of Carlos Gruezo in the 59th minute assured a defeat already on the cards -- pun intended -- would be worse. More worrying is this recurring penchant for clunkers by a team that is obviously very good.
Comments: FC Dallas are good for a few catastrophically lopsided defeats every season. Having the mental strength not just to collapse in the face of adversity is something that Óscar Pareja and his side have to work on.
Comments: Just one week after we outlined FC Dallas' incredible home form in summer months, the Whitecaps stroll into Texas and pull off a 4-0 win - did we jinx it?
#29 Matt Hedges - The reigning MLS Defender of the Year has been the backbone of a Dallas side that has ascended into the league's elite in recent years. His dominating aerial presence and ability to play the ball out of the back make him a perfect fit for manager Oscar Pareja.
#15 Mauro Diaz - Dallas is the ultimate Jekyll and Hyde team, and that's all down to if Diaz is on the field. When the Argentine is on the bench, FCD can become very much a counterattacking team. But when he's on the field, Dallas is transformed into an attacking juggernaut that is intent on taking the game to the opposition. With Diaz now nearly recovered from the Achilles injury that ended his 2016 campaign, Dallas is thinking MLS Cup again.
#12 Kellyn Acosta - Acosta's progression in MLS had been slow and steady. But this season, the Plano, Texas, native has accelerated his development, showing an ability to score critical goals while also destroying plenty of opposition attacks. His increased minutes with the U.S. national team should give him more high-level experience and see his stock rise even further.