After FC Dallas dropped to second place in three out of the four power rankings we featured last week, Oscar Pareja’s club is back on top of the power rankings pinnacle. Makes sense, really. FC Dallas dominated Real Salt Lake in a 3-0 win while Orlando, the team that leapfrogged FCD, lost two straight last week and was outscored 6-1 in the process.

Up next for FC Dallas is New York City FC which is off to a 5-3-1 start in 2017 and currently third in the Eastern Conference. I love cruising the various rankings because beyond the consensus top two in this week’s compilation, the lists are all over the place. NYFC breaks the top five in one while in others, the club is trying to crack it.

The point? Lists are fun, kids.

WATCH: FC Dallas vs New York City FC kicks off at 7pm CT on FS1.


1. FC Dallas (+1) - Back to the top for Dallas, which not only kept its unbeaten start alive but also grabbed three points on the road. The start might not look that impressive, with Dallas tied for first place in the West and behind Toronto in the overall table, but coach Oscar Pareja's team has played fewer games (eight) than most.

2. Toronto FC (+4)
3. Orlando City SC (-2)
4. Portland Timbers (-1)
5. Sporting Kansas City (no change)

7. New York City FC (+1) - NYCFC's impressive 3-1 win over Atlanta United proves that David Villa -- on the occasion of his first game post-contract extension -- has still got it, and that Andrea Pirlo, who didn't feature for the second game in a row, might not. Yangel Herrera & Co. jump up with the win.

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1. FC Dallas (no change) - FCD remain the league's last unbeaten, and its best road team, thanks to a highly opportunistic win at Salt Lake. The sole bummer: an inability to give Javi Morales a cameo vs. his old club. NYCFC will provide a sterner test on Sunday.

2. Toronto FC (+3)

3. New York City FC (+3) - Their domination of Atlanta United was as spirited and aggressive a display as we’ve seen from this side. The four-match road swing that awaits them, including a matchup against undefeated FC Dallas on Sunday, will go a long way toward really testing their title credentials.

4. Sporting Kansas City (no change)
5. Portland Timbers (-2)

Soccer America

1. FC Dallas (+1)  - FCD scored its earliest goal of the season – a Max Urruti penalty kick in the third minute – but didn’t take command until Matt Hedges headed home a Kellyn Acosta corner kick midway through the second half. Urruti netted again in stoppage time with the last of FCD’s 10 shots on goal, and a six-save game by Jesse Gonzalez bagged the shutout.

2. Toronto FC (+3)
3. Sporting Kansas City (no change)

4. New York City FC (+3) - Goals less than two minutes apart by Rodney Wallace and Maxi Moralez blew open a 1-1 game and NYCFC won its third game of the last four. David Villa opened the scoring in the 17th minute and assisted on the goal by Moralez, who is steadily strengthening his place in the Newcomer of the Year category. Wallace bagged two assists. Andrea Pirlo stayed on the bench again.

5. Houston Dynamo (+4)

The Score

1. FC Dallas (no change) - FC Dallas continues steamrolling opponents and remains unbeaten in 2017. Has there been a more fearsome team in MLS history?

2. Toronto FC (+2)
3. Portland Timbers (-1)
4. Orlando City SC (-1)
5. Sporting Kansas City (no change)

6. New York City FC (+2) - New York City FC put in a commendable effort against Atlanta, and with David Villa back in hot form, the Pigeons are a real threat in the east.