FRISCO - Movement. Finally. Not gonna lie, the view from the top is nice but it’s also fun to have something to debate. After playing to a 2-2 draw should FC Dallas remain atop the various MLS power rankings? You can make the case for Oscar Pareja’s team to stay put but you can also make a case for dropping the club down a notch or two. What do you think?
Turns out, both happened.
Here’s how FC Dallas (4-0-3, 15 points) and this week’s opponent, Real Salt Lake (2-5-2, 8 points), fared in the latest MLS power rankings.
FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake kicks off at 8:30 p.m. CT on TXA 21 and will be simulcast on FCDallas.com (DFW only)
- 1. Orlando City SC (+1)
- 2. FC Dallas (-1) - FC Dallas fought back from a one-goal deficit twice in a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers, but they drop in the rankings thanks to Orlando's win. Oscar Pareja's team conceded twice in a game for the first time all season.
- 3. Portland Timbers (no change) - The Timbers' 2-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps moves them up a spot and into the top three. Darlington Nagbe's opener is worth talking about, but Darren Mattocks' work at the top of the formation set the tone for Portland. Mattocks will not start when Fanendo Adi is available, but the depth he provides is a nice weapon for coach Caleb Porter.
- 4. New York Red Bulls (no change)
- 5. Sporting Kansas City (+2)
- 18. Real Salt Lake (-2) - Whatever bump RSL got from the arrival of manager Mike Petke is most decidedly gone. Getting thumped 3-0 in Kansas City has happened to better teams, and the Utahans were missing two key leaders. The loss still sees them drop a few places.
- 1. FC Dallas (no change): Despite a draw with Portland, Dallas’ sheen isn’t rubbing off. Still, plenty of fans in the could take umbrage with their top slot here, considering they’re sitting two points shy of the Western Conference-leading Timbers.
- 2. Orlando City SC (+1)
- 3. Portland Timbers (-1)
- 4. Sporting Kansas City (no change)
- 5. Toronto FC (+1)
- 18. Real Salt Lake (-3): No shame in losing to a dominant Sporting KC team at Children’s Mercy Park. RSL are better than that and have a chance to show it at home this Saturday against the only undefeated team left in MLS: FC Dallas.
- 1. Orlando City (+1)
- 2. FC Dallas (-1): With his first goal since last August, Tesho Akindele scored FCD’s second equalizer of the game and preserved the unbeaten mark. FCD needed his goal since it had fallen behind again 10 minutes after Max Urruti scored against his former team. Those are the first two goals conceded at home by FCD this season, but of more concern to head coach Oscar Pareja is a flat first half and defensive breakdowns with the score, 1-1.
- 3. Sporting Kansas City (no change)
- 4. Portland Timbers (no change)
- 5. Toronto FC (+2)
- 19. Real Salt Lake (no change): RSL worked hard but after falling behind early just didn’t produce enough quality to crack open the SKC defense; only of its 14 shots came from inside the penalty area. After winning its first two games under head coach Mike Petke, RSL has lost to Atlanta United and SKC by combined scores of 6-1, and up next is FC Dallas.
- 1. Orlando City SC (+2)
- 2. FC Dallas (-1): Dallas didn’t look its best against Portland, but the team showed a lot of character to fight back from a losing position twice to get a point against a very good Western Conference rival. Dallas remains the only unbeaten side in the league and keeps on grinding out very respectable results. Its drop from the top of these rankings is mostly a product of Orlando’s red-hot form, but a draw at home didn’t help Dallas’s case as much as a win clearly would have.
- 3. Portland Timbers (-1)
- 4. Sporting Kansas City (+1)
- 5. Toronto FC (+3)
- 19. Real Salt Lake (no change): Playing without Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman, Real Salt Lake fell 3–0 at Sporting KC on Saturday. That’s two losses in a row for RSL, with the team allowing six goals combined in those two games. The defense will need to tighten up, and quickly: FC Dallas visits Rio Tinto Stadium this weekend.