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Power Rankings Round-Up: Week 17

25 June 11:32 am

Power Rankings Round-Up: Week 17

By Beth Anne Carroll

This week's power rankings results come with good news and bad news. The good news: After a thrilling 2-2 draw against Sporting KC on Saturday, FC Dallas is a unanimous top five team according to power rankers. The bad news: FC Dallas is no longer at the top of the league or or their division, which was enough for them to drop at least one spot in the rankings. However, FCD is still in great a great position heading into their final game of June, a month with only one MLS home game, sitting just one point behind Portland and Real Salt Lake. 

ESPN FC kept FC Dallas in the number five spot:

Two goals in the final two minutes of regulation allowed FCD to salvage a 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City. The second came from defender Walker Zimmerman. Uh, shouldn't he be in Turkey with the U-20s?

Yahoo Sports bumped FC Dallas down a spot from their mid-week rankings to #4, but has real faith in the team:

Fighting back to score twice at the death in order to earn a result is what champions do. Dallas are still flying under the radar, but they are also the real deal.

Soccer America moved FC Dallas down to number 4:

FC Dallas rallied from a 2-0 deficit with two goals in the final few minutes to salvage a 2-2 tie with Sporting Kansas City. Andrew Jacobson headed home a Michel serve in the 88th minute, and Walker Zimmerman got his head to a corner kick in stoppage time.

Avi Creditor of Sports Illustrated dropped FC Dallas all the way to number four from his last rankings two weeks ago:

Dallas looked left for dead trailing Sporting Kansas City 2-0 in the final minutes Saturday night, but two late goals, including an equalizer from rookie and U.S. U-20 snub Walker Zimmerman, salvaged a point. Dallas is still winless in three matches and has only beaten struggling D.C. and San Jose in its last eight games, but that is a point that can go a long way in changing the club's mentality, as opposed to dropping a home game to a 10-man opponent.

MLSsoccer.com also dropped FC Dallas one spot to number four.

We're not going to say that the bottom has dropped out, but FCD have won just once in their last five and looked good to take another "L" before some late set-piece heroics.

Finally, Soccer by Ives dropped FCD from third to fourth after Saturday's draw.

One win in five qualifies as a slump, but FCD has to feel good about rallying back to salvage a point against a tough Sporting KC side. Things don’t get much easier though, not with another meeting with red-hot Portland, and a road trip to take on a surging Philadelphia side. Having Walker Zimmerman score a big goal is good news though, as he looks more and more like a viable option in the team’s centerback rotation, which is needed given how often George John and Matt Hedges take knocks.