Week 1 MLS Power Rankings
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, power rankings are here to stay. Before FC Dallas has even played a minute of regular season MLS soccer, Oscar Pareja’s club is already being judged. Week 1 MLS power rankings have been released and FC Dallas is among the top teams, according to a variety of experts.
MLS released its week 1 power rankings Tuesday and FC Dallas comes in third on the list. The defending MLS champion Sounders and the eastern conference champion Toronto FC are first and second, respectively. Neither team suffered significant offseason losses. They were the last two clubs standing in 2016 and as they enter the season, I have no problem with them sitting on top of a preseason list.
As for FC Dallas, MLSSoccer.com’s Ben Baer says: “They have already shown how great they could be this year by demolishing Arabe Unido in the first leg of their CCL quarterfinal matchup. Cristian Colman and Roland Lamah look like the real deal and the base of Kellyn Acosta, Carlos Gruezo, Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman should be more than enough to keep them as Cup contenders without Mauro Diaz.”
ESPNFC keeps the Seattle Sounders atop the week 1 list but moves FC Dallas ahead of Toronto who lands at the third spot going into the regular season.
As for FC Dallas, here’s what the ESPNFC crew had to say:
“No Mauro Diaz, no problem. If FC Dallas' 4-0 CONCACAF Champions League thrashing of Arabe Unido is anything to go by, Oscar Pareja's team looks like an MLS Cup contender even without its injured Argentine playmaker.”
It was a landslide! Goal.com’s fine crew unanimously put FC Dallas in the top spot followed by Seattle and Toronto.
“The Texas club is built for success, featuring exciting young homegrown talent and bolstered by clever foreign signings. It's all brought together by head coach Oscar Pareja, who has shown the ability to put together a highly competitive squad wherever he goes.
Dallas won two of the three domestic trophies available last year, and the club has gotten off to a bright start in the CONCACAF Champions League knockout round. Can FCD top last season's trophy haul?”
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