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Power Ranking Round-Up: Week 18

02 July 9:56 am

Power Ranking Round-Up: Week 18

By Beth Anne Carroll

FC Dallas recorded a thrilling 2-2 draw on the road against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday to close out a grueling month in which the team played only one MLS game at home. The team enters a much friendlier July in the top five of everyone’s power rankings. 

Yahoo Sports moved FCD up one spot to put them back in the top three:

Dallas sharing the point with Philly was justice considering all that occurred in the closing stages of that game. The visitors did well to fight up until the final whistle.

FC Dallas remained at number five in ESPN FC’s rankings:

FCD was on the receiving end of a month's worth of dubious calls, including what looked to be a goal by Blas Perez that was judged to have not crossed. Yet Dallas still found a way to escape Philly with a 2-2 draw thanks to Perez's equalizer.

Avi Creditor of SI.com kept Dallas in the fourth spot:

Dallas was moments away from being robbed of a deserved draw before David Ferreira's blind flick found Blas Perez by the goalpost for the game-tying header in the club's 2-2 result with the Philadelphia Union. Dallas did not win in June, going 0-1-3, with late heroics providing single points in each of the last two matches. Rookie Walker Zimmerman did the honors against Sporting KC in the previous week and added his second career goal against the Union.

Soccer America bumped FC Dallas back to number three:

Blas Perez’s goal in stoppage time deprived the Union of a franchise-record third straight victory and gave FC Dallas its second straight tie. FCD came back twice to get the point; Walker Zimmerman’s second goal of the year matched an opening goal by Amobi Okugo, and Perez scored after Aaron Wheeler had restored the Union’s lead in the 87th minute.

MLSsoccer.com also left FC Dallas in number four slot:

So do we praise them for going on the road and gutting out a draw, or do we crush them for needing an insane amount of stoppage to do so despite a favorable matchup? Pretty sure we praise them – they were missing some big pieces, after all.

Soccer By Ives moved the team up to number three:

Collapsed in the second half in their U.S. Open Cup loss to Portland, but showed great heart to overcome a red card and questionable no-goal ruling to earn a late draw vs. the Philadelphia Union. Walker Zimmerman is looking good as a rookie centerback, while Raul Fernandez continues to state his case for a place on the MLS All-Star Team.

Goal.com didn’t move the Hoops out of the fourth spot:

How will the impending absence of Blas Perez influence FCD over the next month or so?

Finally, NBC's ProSoccerTalk has FC Dallas in third place in their Power Rankings

Another week, another white knuckle comeback. Blas Perez scored one in stoppage time that didn’t count. No matter … he scored another one, this one even deeper into injury time, and it counted as the equalizer in a 2-2 draw in Philadelphia.